Gambian visitor inspires students

Barnsley College Level 3 IT students recently welcomed a visitor from The Gambia to speak to them in their tutorial group.

Muctarr Bojang, known as Mucki, from Mansa-Colley Bojang Nursery School in The Gambia visited Barnsley College after being invited by student Danny Bisby who used to study at the college and Cassie Goodliffe who works in the college’s Enterprise Department.

Danny, 20, who is now studying Computing and Systems Development HND at University Campus Barnsley (UCB), and his family have sponsored several children at the school for many years and Danny and Cassie visited the school at the end of January.

Mucki explained to the students how education is very different in The Gambia. He said: “There is no electricity at the schools and often there is only one teacher to fifty students. Pupils share a pencil between three and there are no computers. There is only one college in The Gambia and it is only open to the wealthy.

“It was good to speak to the students, I am amazed by the resources available and class sizes at Barnsley College, I encourage the students to take advantage of all the opportunities they have offered to them.”

Danny, of Thicket Lane, Worsbrough Dale, said on his return: “The trip was extremely rewarding. Giving time to help those who need it really puts the things we take for granted into perspective. It was an amazing trip and I will definitely be returning next year.”

Cassie, of Lundwood, said: “The trip was really eye-opening and made me see how we take a lot of things for granted in the UK.”

The IT students are planning a sponsored walk to raise further funds to help the school.

The trip to The Gambia was supported by the college’s Enterprise Department through the Barnsley College Enterprising Futures (BCEF) fund. My Markets was also set-up as a Social Enterprise in order to support the Mansa-Colley Bojang School. The money raised from My Markets was used to purchase stationery for the school children.

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Last updated: 26th February 2015

Originally posted on: 26th February 2015