Over the last two days, students have had an incredible time visiting Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. Yesterday, they experienced a land and river safari, where they saw elephants, crocodiles, hippos and giraffes. Today, we experienced the majestic powers of the Falls, and then students practiced their haggling skills at the local market.
Construction is coming along very well. All students have learnt how to mix cement and lay bricks. This afternoon, students enjoyed a variety of different activities, including a question and answer session with Zambian students. We also performed the Zambian National Anthem to begin the ‘Culture Show’ which was organised by the local community. We witnessed traditional Zambian dancing and music, with our students given the opportunity to try out the dancing themselves!
Construction came to an end yesterday, with students finishing off the bricklaying and signing their names into one of the bricks. The Headmistress of Kariba South Primary School explained how impressed she is with the progress which has been made and she is confident the three new classrooms will be completed by December. Students should be incredibly proud of their contributions to this community.
Our students then hosted a Sports Day for the local children, with events such as egg and spoon and relay races. The students also participated in a football and netball match against local teams.
After an early start the following morning and saying goodbye to the Project staff, students arrived in Livingstone and were greeted by elephants in the campsite river. Tomorrow, we look forward to travelling to Botswana for the Safari at Chobe National Park.
Some students have been given the opportunity to join the Kariba South Tailoring Centre, where young tailors make garments to sell to the community in order to financially support the school. Teaching continues to be a rewarding opportunity for our students in the afternoon. We have found the Zambian children to be incredibly enthusiastic and they have loved interacting with our students.
We woke to the sound of the Zambian national anthem on Monday morning as the children arrived for school. Students are making steady progress on the construction site, as well as showing their fantastic teaching abilities in the afternoons. We have been really impressed with the students’ positive attitude and adjustment to a culture and environment which is so different to their own.
We finally arrived at Kariba South Primary School after a 10 hour journey yesterday! After setting up camp, we enjoyed our first meal cooked by the locals, followed by a ‘Happy Birthday’ singalong for one of the students! Day 1 of the project today – students have started by carrying the bricks down to the project site, then the building begins! Tonight they will be planning teaching resources for English, Maths, IT, Art and PE lessons for the local children which they will begin teaching tomorrow afternoon.
This week we welcome 61 students and 6 members of staff from our partner school in Shijiazhuang, China. The Chinese students will be in school on Tuesday and Thursday, taking lessons with Year 9 students. On Wednesday and Friday, they will be visiting Alnwick Castle and Beamish Museum, accompanied by their partner students from Year 9. This will be a fantastic experience for staff and students from both schools and we look forward to forging positive links with our visitors.
After a long journey, Team Zambia finally arrived at Eureka Camp in Lusaka last night. We were greeted by some local wildlife! Once the tents were set up, students have been relaxing in the sun, playing in the pool and visiting the supermarket to buy food for their lunches while working on the school project. It’ll be an early 6am start tomorrow for the 6 hour drive to Kariba South Primary School.