UK Amb hails collaboration with GAF


The ambassador and Lieutenant Colonel Samba Baldeh of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) were given a tour of the school by the headmaster, Solomon Kolley, and members of GlosAid Foundation. 

The aim of the visit was to conduct a tree planting exercise in recognition of the joint collaboration between the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and the Gambia Armed Forces in the provision of quality learning environment for the children at the school. 

This joint initiative has now established 3 building blocks containing 5 classrooms, which have been built by GAF engineers through fundraising initiatives conducted by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, the Royal Gibraltar Police and GlosAid since 2011. The partnership with GAF in the village of Madiana shows how fundraising and partnerships can improve the quality of early childhood education.


The UK has a deep relationship with the Gambian Armed Forces built over many years of assistance and cooperation. This is highlighted most notably through the British Military Assistance Training Team from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment that provides pre-deployment peacekeeping training.

Speaking during te exercise, Ambassador Colin Crorkin said – “this was an example of an excellent partnership between the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, the Royal Gibraltar Police, The Gambia Armed Forces, GlosAid and the community of Madiana.”

Janice Jammeh of GlosAid thanked the UK Ambassador and Lieutenant Colonel Baldeh for gracing the occasion and looked forward to further strengthening this relationship. 

The headmaster for the school, Soloman Kolley, also thanked the British ambassador, the Gambia Armed Forces, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, the Gibraltar Police and GlosAid for supporting the school. The village Alkali of Madiana, Musa Manneh, was also present during the visit.