group of eleven young people from Stoke-on-Trent will be travelling to Africa later this month to help redecorate and renovate three schools in Gambia.
For the last eight months the students – from across the city – have been preparing for their trip with fund raising activities and learning about the country they’ll be visiting.
The aim of the project “Go Gambia” is to raise awareness of young people less fortunate than themselves. They will be volunteering to help out at three schools which are in urgent need of repair. As well decorating and building work the students will also help out with general maintenance at the schools.
During their stay the young people will be based in Bakau, a small settlement on the outskirts of the tourist resort of Kololi .
The project came about following discussions with young people about education and lifestyles abroad.
Lou Cooke, Youth Development Worker for Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Youth and Play Services, who organised the trip said: “This is a golden opportunity for our young people to get first hand experience of life in an entirely different culture. The young people have worked tirelessly for the past few months to make sure they’re fully prepared for this adventure which could well be a life changing experience for some of them.”
Student Mellisa Docherty from Sandon Business and Enterprise College, Meir said:” This is going to be a great experience. I have learnt about the culture in the Gambia. The work in the schools is going to be tough but I’m pleased I will be helping to make improvements to their schools.”
Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, Cllr. Ian Mitchell, said:” This is a terrific example of young people in the city wanting to help others who don’t have the op
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