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29 May 2012

CAVC students meet with the Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert, AM

Two Cardiff and Vale College students met with the Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert, AM, on Monday 28th May to discuss their recent trip to The Gambia.

Kate Heath, 18 and Shikira Akhtar, 17 both students on the Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism at the College went to The Gambia earlier this year as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate, to participate in community projects and immerse themselves in a different culture.

After reading about their trip to the West African country, The Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert, AM, invited the students to meet with him at Ty Hywel, Cardiff Bay. Jeff Cuthbert, AM, said: “When I read the article, I felt very interested because I want to see good links developed between students in Wales and students in other part of the World and particularly more disadvantaged countries.”

The Minister continued: “I was pleased to be told about the links and practical experiences of the students. It was also pleasing to note that this will form part of the work toward their Welsh Baccalaureate qualification.”

Kate Heath, 18, Travel and Tourism Level 3 student said: “I feel very privileged to have met with the Minister. I was very nervous at first but once we got talking about our experiences about being in The Gambia it was very exciting.

I hope other young people across Wales get to experience what we have.”

On their African excursion, the students got involved with local schools and communities who are being sponsored by Kotu Trust; a charity that aims to facilitate education and relieve poverty in The Gambia. The students organised activities and lessons for the African children to participate in and also set up a pen-pal scheme. They got 130 letters from teenagers from the local schools, along with a photo of each and every teenager to bring back to college and get fellow students to reply. 

The students have now been asked to write a report about their experiences and also create a DVD which they can share with other colleges in Wales or possible the UK, who are interested in participating in a similar project. Katy Wilmer, Travel and Tourism course tutor at the College, who also attended the meeting, said: “It was an honour to meet with the Minister and talk about our experience. The prospect of sharing our experiences further is exciting.”

The College hopes to develop the trip to The Gambia in the upcoming years and continue raising money to sponsor young African children to go to school.