AVSSP have been fortunate enough to create a link to The Gambia via Gill O’Hagan who is chair of governors at Copthorne Infant and Gordon Inglis who is the Headteacher of The Bolsover School.
Gill used to work at The Bolsover School until retirement but travelled many times with Gordon on school trips where groups of children would engage with supporting local people, gain appreciation of other cultures, poverty etc. Gordon has maintained an active link for over 20 years supporting education and local schools with resources and capacity to teacher and deliver.
This link has provided the opportunity for members of AVSSP staff to visit the The Gambia to support these schools and teachers in developing PE, School Sport, Early Years and Leadership. AVSSP staff will be paying to attend but it will enable them to explore and experience a new culture and way of life that would be unaccustomed to our usual routines.
The Gambia profile:
Population: 2.1 million
Flag: Blue, Green and Red stripes with white trim
Language: English (plus multiple tribal languages including Wolof & Mandinka)
Did you know: The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa and also the 17th most deprived country in the world
The Gambia still relies on aid from countries and we have been fortunate enough to access charity baggage for our flights. We have already amassed a number of boxes which have been sent to The Bolsover School to be packed in a container and shipped to the country ahead of our arrival. In addition, we have been fortunate to take old lost property from schools along with kit and clothing from organisations that have found them surplus to requirements.
The trip hopefully will be the start of an journey that as we continue to grow and develop our young people we can do the same for those in another part of the world less fortunate to ourselves.
Should you wish to know more about this partnership then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.