A FRIENDSHIP has blossomed between schools in Kinsley and the Gambia after a globe-trotting teacher forged international links.
Robert Mendi, headteacher at Longman’s Methodist Memorial Primary School in Brikana, in the West African country, has spent two weeks at Kinsley Primary School to help students learn more about his country.
The visit came after Kinsley’s deputy headteacher Samantha Jafuneh, whose husband is Gambian, discovered the school while volunteering in the Gambia.
She applied to the British Council for funding for a reciprocal visit, and spent two weeks working at Longman’s last Easter.
Mrs Jafuneh said: “During my visit I learnt such a lot about their curriculum. As a school we are trying to bring international learning into our curriculum, and travelling gains knowledge and experience that I could bring back to school.
“While Mr Mendi has been in school the children have learnt such a lot about Africa, especially the Year 6 pupils who have gained a realistic view of the country, geographically, historically and culturally.”
The pupils welcomed Mr Mendi by performing a traditional Gambian tribal song and will present him with projects they have worked on at a special leaving assembly today.