From Brighton to Gambia

By Elizabeth Hughes

Young people from City College Brighton & Hove and Sussex Central YMCA jetted out on Tuesday 13th December to take part in an exciting and innovative Sports and Construction project in the Gambia.

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This project involves taking seven students from Foundation Learning and KS4 Engagement programmes to Gambia and supporting a Gambian community by working on skills development and providing resources.

‘This will be City College’s second trip to the Gambia and we’re hoping to continue to forge relationships with the village of Serrekunda and the local primary school’, said Meraud Davis from the College’s 14-19 Team.

‘The trip’s an amazing experience for disadvantaged and disengaged students from Brighton and Hove to support the children of Gambia by providing sustainable and long lasting improvements in their facilities.’

Funds will be used to:

• Construct a library and re-paint the school
• Provide Sport equipment and clothing.
• Provide improved Sanitisation.

All of the teenagers taking part have been heavily involved in fundraising for the costs of the project. They have organised events such as ‘Gig’s for Gambia’, sales of work, and charity football matches, supported by Albion in the Community.

College Principal Phil Frier said: “The students have been really enthusiastic about being able to take part in these projects. Their creativity and energy is a testament to both themselves and City College.”

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