May 23, 2011, 2:57 PM
Students and teachers of
The visit is meant to strengthen the link between the two schools.
Speaking in an interview with this reporter shortly before their departure from the Banjul Ferry Terminal, the head of the delegation, Ian Tidswell, said they came with 32 school children and six teachers to visit their friends in Kuntaya school.
He revealed that the link was established in September, 2008 by Mr. Crordon Inglis, the principal of
He added that the link is very useful and they hope it would enable the children in
He promised that Kuntaya Senior Secondary will also one day pay a return visit to
He thanked the people of The Gambia for the wonderful welcome and hospitality they received from them.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Njundu Darboe, deputy headmaster at
Meanwhile, in his welcoming address at Kuntaya Senior Secondary, The principal of the school, Mr. Ma Sanneh Fatty, thanked the principal of Bolsover and his high power delegation for the visit.
"I hope this visit will not only transform itself into a friendly interaction only but also to serve as a platform for greater cooperation and solidarity for now and forever," he said.
"In my capacity as a principal of
Mr. Fatty outlined a brief history of the school by saying that the school was founded in September, 2000 and it started with a student population of 50 and now caters for more than 386 students the majority of whom are girls.
He said there exists very few facilities for students to use in the school but was however quick to mention football field, volleyball pitch, school hand pump, 2 hectares of orchards as properties of the school.
He commended the students of the school of their discipline and determination to learn. He also hailed the teachers for their cooperation and handwork.
Other speakers included Louise Korea, representative of the sponsor liaisons officer in The Gambia, who said they have five different schools in the
During the visit to Kuntaya,