Bakau Newtown Lower Basic School was establish in the year 1981 by the community of Newtown who came to build the School on their own as an annex to Bakau School, as there were not enough classrooms to cater for the needs of the growing population. It is a "Tesito School." Tesito is a local Mandinka term which mean "self reliance."
The school currently has a roll of 2,234, two times the roll of Bakau School and are currently struggling with classroom problems. They are even wondering about where to put the new intakes for this coming registration for 2016-2017 academic year. It is a school build by the community of Bakau Newtown.
In 2015, Headteacher Ata Njie has identified the needs of Bakau Newtown Lower Basic School for future development, including the creation of a school computer room for students to learn the ICT skills that would help them find employment as adults.
This project aims to create a fully functioning computer room, with at least twenty computer stations, for Bakau Newtown Lower Basic School. This room will have electricity and will be secured by a locking door and windows.
After completion of the computer room, we will train a specialist computer teacher. We aim to have each student access at least one computer class, taught by the trained teacher, per week. We also aim to have the room used by core class teachers and their classes for research and wordprocessing. We aim to improve the computer literacy of the students at Bakau Newtown Lower Basic School.
Future plans for the computer room could include community computer classes outside of school hours. This would allow older members of the community to learn valuable ICT skills that could help them find employment.