Divine Beginners and Junior School pupils on Tuesday caused a stir at Robert Mugabe International Airport and in Victoria Falls as foreigners jostled to take pictures of them and have selfie moments.
The Divine pupils flew to Victoria Falls as their school tried to promote domestic tourism and air travel experience to their pupils. For most of them, it was their first time on a plane and in Victoria Falls.
“They had so much fun that when their parents came to pick them up at the airport on their return, most of them cried saying the trip is not over and they do not want to go home,” said the Chitungwiza school spokesperson Chiedza Mandizvidza.
One of the pupils Gracious Tarunga said she wanted to go back to Vic Falls the following day,
“It was my first time going to Vic Falls and also getting on an airplane. I really enjoyed myself and I want to go back again tomorrow,” she said. She is in ECD.
Several other pupils echoed the same sentiments.
“I enjoyed seeing hippos and crocodiles and warthogs and the monkeys that came when we were at the hotel. I was sad when it was time to come back home,” a Divine Junior Grade 2 pupil said. Another ECD pupil said he had a lesson for his father,
“My daddy used to tell me about an aeroplane and now I also can tell him about my journey to Vic Falls nendege,” he boasted.
The pupils had a lot of memorable experiences in Victoria Falls.
“I saw the biggest tree ever! It is 1500 years old and it is a baobab tree. I had pictures taken at that tree. It was awesome!” said a Grade 1 pupil.
“I enjoyed being in the rainforest and there were showers falling on us. We also had a boat cruise. The Zambezi River is soooo big and it all falls into the Victoria Falls!” said a Grade 2 pupil.
“This is our way of making our pupils grow up appreciating their own country. We have many tourism attractions in our country and Vic Falls is probably the biggest but we want to ensure our pupils know all of them. By the time a child finishes their ECD and primary schooling with Divine Beginners and Junior School, they would have known all of them. We are done with Harare and nearby attractions that’s why we are now flying to Vic Falls.
“We will also go international when the time is right but for now they must know their country,” said Mandizvidza.
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