Bringing Communities Together - The Directory Group

Bringing communities together

Students and staff from Havant Sixth Form College brought communities together through sport in The Gambia.

A team of 17 Havant students and two members of staff recently enjoyed an intense and exciting week in the city of Banjul.

The students spent time in three schools - Al Fallah Nursery School, Maahad Secondary School and Mansa-Colley Bojang Primary School – joining in with lessons and teaching the children about life in England. They also played three football matches during the week in 40-degree heat.

Along with the three school visits, the students also visited the Fathala Nature Reserve in Senegal, where they went on a lion walk and also gained glimpses of the black rhino, giraffes, zebra and eagles. They also visited the hospital in Brikamma, Bijolo Monkey Park and Kacahivally Crocodile Pool., and experienced the Roots Tour, which educated the group on the slave trade in the 1800s.

The students brought with them a vast quantity of medical supplies for the various clinics, and also raised vital funds for the local schools, with the long-term aim of donating £6,000 to build three new classrooms at Mansa-Colley Bojang Primary School. 

Stuart Smith, teacher of Physical Education and trip organiser, said: “I have always believed in the power of sport to bring different communities together. We used football as a way of breaking down language and cultural barriers. The Havant Sixth Form College students were incredible and it was a pleasure to spend the week with them.”

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