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UK Ambassador commends Gambia Armed Forces

Apr 1, 2015, 2:35 PM

(Issue, Friday 27 March 2015)

UK Ambassador to The Gambia Colin Crorkin has commended the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) for the excellent relationship with the British Royal Gibraltar Regiment over the years.

Ambassador Crorkin made this commendation on Tuesday 25 March when he visited J&M Roots Nursery School located in the Village of Madiana, Kombo North.

The ambassador and Lieutenant Colonel Samba Baldeh of the GAF were given a tour of the school by the headmaster, Solomon Kolley, and members of GlosAid Foundation.

The visit was undertaken to conduct a tree planting exercise in recognition of the joint collaboration between the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and the Gambia Armed Forces in the provision of a quality learning environment for children at the nursery school.

“This joint initiative has now established three building blocks containing five classrooms, which have been built by GAF engineers through fundraising initiatives conducted by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, the Royal Gibraltar Police and GlosAid since 2011,” a press release from the UK Embassy said.

The partnership with GAF in the village of Madiana had shown how fundraising and partnerships could improve the quality of early childhood education, the release stated.

The UK has a deep relationship with the Gambian armed forces built over many years of assistance and cooperation.

“This is highlighted most notably through the British Military Assistance Training Team from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment that provides pre-deployment peacekeeping training,” the release added.

Speaking at the tree planting ceremony, Ambassador Crorkin also said: “This is an example of an excellent partnership between the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, the Royal Gibraltar Police, the Gambia Armed Forces, GlosAid and the community of Madiana.”

Janice Jammeh of GlosAid, in his remarks, thanked the UK ambassador and Lieutenant Colonel Baldeh for gracing the occasion, adding that they look forward to further strengthening their relationship.

In his address on the occasion, J&M Roots Nursery School Headmaster Solomon Kolley also thanked the British ambassador, the Gambia Armed Forces, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, the Gibraltar Police, and GlosAid for supporting the school.

Madiana Alkalo Musa Manneh was also present during the visit.