Joan's visit February 2010

Visit to Brikama School

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On the 15th February, a cold winter morning, accompanied by my daughter Alana, I set off for Manchester Airport to fly to Banjul in the Gambia.  The flight is six and a half hours, a direct flight from Manchester. At Banjul we were met by the Infant Head Teacher, Ansumana, from Brikama School and the Senior Circuit Steward Mr Foster, friendly faces welcoming us to The Gambia.  We were taken to the Atlantic Beach Hotel, our accomodation for the week. This is about 50 minutes drive from Brikama.  We made our first visit to the school on Wednesday at about 10 am and were very warmly welcomed by the children and staff. I inspected the classrooms and was delighted to see they were newly painted.  The sand floor had been replaced by a tiled floor which was much more comfortable for the children.    

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The school teaches maths, English and some general knowledge.  The standard of blackboard work I observed was good.  We stayed for three hours before returning to the hotel.

The money raised by Boston Spa Methodist Church and taken over this visit, is being used to provide electricity in all five classrooms. 

 Friday 19 February 2010

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Alana and I returned to Brikama School on Friday and attended a memorial service for Alan.  The service was well thought out and was attended by the Director of Education, the Circuit Minister, the Bishop and the Senior Circuit Steward.  The children sang and the Bishop gave the address.  A vote of thanks was given by the Head of the Junior School.

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During the service I was presented with gifts of batik for Boston Spa (The Lord's Prayer) and Tadcaster (Serenity Prayer). 

The Next Steps

 

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Robert Mendy /Ansumana  /Joan  

 Boston Spa Methodist Church and the Circuit have been involved with Brikama successfully for a number of years.  There is now a need to provide quality classrooms for the 9-13 year old children who are currently taught in very very poor conditions. The Brikama School Board discussed the way forward and have obtained estimates of the cost needed to transform the building shown in the photograph above.  We can transform this building for £7500 to accomodate the older children.  Please support Brikama. I said this was my last visit but the work is not finished and I will return with the money to complete this work. 

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The Reverend Femi Cole-Njie

Whilst we were still in the Gambia, we had a meal with Rev Femi and her husband.  They are now resident in Britain but had been our initial contacts when we first became involved with Brikama.  They were holidaying at the same time as my visit. It was good to meet up and discuss the progress so far.

Joan 3 March 2010


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