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It was an opportunity for people who originally come from Gunjur but are now living in Bristol to talk to the young TTV group from Wiltshire schools about the history of The Gambia, their culture, their Islamic faith and the important role that it plays in their lives.

"Salaam Aleikum!""Salaam Aleikum!"A young woman also courageously brought up the important subject of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) of which she was a victim when a child and which is widely practised in The Gambia but which members of the KSA are helping to educate people in their home country in an attempt to eradicate this awful but deeply embedded tradition. 

Learning about Islam and the five pillars of that faithLearning about Islam and the five pillars of that faithThe group were provided with a Gambian lunch of Benechin a delicious rice dish with meat and a peanut butter sauce.

For the TTV group they learnt a lot not least the traditional greeting “Salaam Aleikum!” which they will be expected to use once they reach Gunjur.

But, coming, as they do, from largely mono-cultural schools in Wiltshire it was perhaps as important for them to spend a day with a group of people of African descent living only 40 miles from Marlborough to begin to understand the wealth of cultural diversity that exists in UK society.

It is vital that young people leave school with some understanding of both the global and the local context in which inevitably they will be working and even more important as we are “hell bent” on leaving the European Union. Thriving Through Venture is providing that opportunity for young people in Wiltshire and we shall be measuring the short and longer term impacts that the programme has on those involved.

Dr Nick Maurice, Trustee, Thriving Through Venture

 

25 June 2018


 

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