Barnsley College students welcome Gambian visitor

Darren Bisby, Alex Bentley, Daniel Firth, Muctarr Bojang (Mucki), Josh Wall, Emelye Gravil and Jodie Smith at Barnsley College
Darren Bisby, Alex Bentley, Daniel Firth, Muctarr Bojang (Mucki), Josh Wall, Emelye Gravil and Jodie Smith at Barnsley College
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Students at Barnsley College welcomed a special visitor from The Gambia to speak to them in their tutorial group about the differences in education.

Muctarr Bojang, known as Mucki, from Mansa-Colley Bojang Nursery School in The Gambia, visited Barnsley College after being invited by student Danny Bisby, who used to study at the college.

Danny, aged 20, is now studying Computing and Systems Development HND at University Campus Barnsley.

His family have sponsored several children at the school for many years and he visited the school at the end of January.

Mucki explained to the Level Three IT students at the college how education is very different in The Gambia to Barnsley.

He told them “There is no electricity at the schools and often there is only one teacher to 50 students.

“Pupils share a pencil between three and there are no computers.

“There is only one college in The Gambia and it is only open to the wealthy.”

The students were inspired to help out and had a collection to buy a selection of stationery, which will be taken for the children at the school by Danny and his family during their next visit.

Mucki was impressed by what he saw at the college and offered some advice to the students.

He said: “It was good to speak to the students. I am amazed by the resources available and class sizes at Barnsley College. I encourage the students to take advantage of all the opportunities they have offered to them.”

Danny, of Thicket Lane, Worsbrough Dale, said on his return: “The trip was extremely rewarding. Giving time to help those who need it really puts the things we take for granted into perspective. It was an amazing trip and I will definitely be returning next year.”

The IT students are planning a sponsored walk to raise further funds to help the school.