INTERNATIONAL ties have been strengthened at three Northumberland schools as they welcomed guests from Africa.
Three teachers from the Gambia travelled to the county as part of a British Council exchange programme to foster links between nations.
Morpeth and Cambo first schools have taken part in the initiative for the last three years, while Longhorsley First School signed up this year.
And all three were delighted to host Gambian teachers Fatou Cham Jaiteh, Hamadi Janneh and Sainabou M Jallow.
The visitors spent time in the classroom, working with children and comparing teaching methods, visited education officials at County Hall and enjoyed outings to the Northumberland coast and Wallington.
Mrs Cham Jaiteh said: “This is the first time the three of us have experienced this and come over here.
“It has been really interesting and we have been learning a lot. We are sure we will gain a lot and it is an experience we will never forget in our lives.
“The education system is more or less the same as ours, but the difference is the facilities.
“It is all about comparing and contrasting between the two countries.”
Morpeth First School Headteacher Elaine Reay said: “The exchange programme is about exchanging good practice in teaching and education.
“The Gambian teachers visit the three schools so they can see a small school, a town school and a rural school. They can learn about the education system in Britain and teach our children as well.
“They don’t have the resources that we have, but the children are just as capable as ours and it is good to be able to share ideas.”