IN a visit that can simply be referred to as an ‘Awesome African experience’ by a delegation of Academic Work members of staff last week ended on Saturday November 18 with a luncheon fondly known referred to as a barbeque by Response Network.
The visit to Zambia, which is described as a ‘the real Africa’ in the tourism sector saw the Academic Work delegation visit Nampongo village on Thursday November 16 morning before spending a night in Chilaba village returning to Livingstone which is Zambia’s tourist capital on Friday November 17.
Before heading to Chilaba village the delegation paid a courtesy call on the Zimba District Educational Board Secretary who is a senior government official in-charge of education in that district.
In Chilaba the delegation had an opportunity to play and mingle with the children of the village many of whom were astonished by being shown pictures of themselves captured using the vistors smart phones.
The villagers were also happy as they were afforded to an opportunity to dance to music thanks to the Response Network diesel powered generator as the village has no electricity supply.
Early morning rains disturbed two Academic Work staff who had decided to pitch up their tent outside a classroom forcing them to abandon their tent as the mattress quickly soaked in the rain water.
Both visits and the barbeque saw the Academic Work delegations join in to dance to traditional and contemporary music.
However, the happiest of all were the children who played with balloons, balls and other gifts presented to them by the visiting delegation as these are hard to come by in rural Zambia.
The ultimate gift which also elated the communities was the donation of a 1×2 classroom block and a teacher’s house in Nampongo and Chilaba respectively which would lead to increased motivation among the teachers.
The Kubala girls on Saturday also received gifts of books and pens after having lunch and discussions with the visiting Academic Work delegation.
‘Awesome it was.’ ‘Awesome Academic Work in collaboration with Response Network Zambia.’
Awesome to: Sissel Gade, Mette Risberg, Sarah Andersson, Mikael Homström, Kristina Hammarlund, Sanna Richter, Rebbecca Lindin, Camila Wallin, Fatima Hadzic, Josephine Skagert and Marrier Wallhagen.