Thank You for an Amazing Field Trip in Uganda

11/16/18

Fifty Children of the Nations–Uganda students recently went on a three-day field trip (which they call a “study tour”) around their country. These students were in seventh grade (the last year of primary school), and this trip taught them about different career paths, natural science, and Ugandan history. The trip also helped prepare them for their big, national end-of-year exam.

Group photo of students

 

Winny, a student from the group, wants to thank all of you who helped fund this fantastic trip! Here’s what she says:
 

“I would like to appreciate the funding team, the school administration and everyone who contributed to our study tour. I would like to say thanks a lot and I pray that God should reward any of you who acted positively as far as our study tour for this year was concerned.

“I would also like to inform you that this study tour helped us a lot. We benefited very many things from it. . . . We saw many things which we had never seen in our lives and they were amazing.”

 

First, students visited a meteorological center and the Soroti Flying School.

 

Students at the meteorological center

     Students learn about different meteorological instruments and why they are important.

 

The students were shown the various weather instruments used to help airports guide the airplane flights.

Most excitingly, the students got to sit inside one of the airplanes, admiring the interior designs and controls.

 

Students in a plane

Everyone’s favorite part of the field trip is sitting in an airplane. Many students say they want to become pilots!

 

The next stop was at Kumi to see the famous Nyero rock paintings, which are thought to have been created before 1250 BC. It was here that the group learned about how early humans lived and what they ate.

 

Students at Nyero Rock

                         Nyero rocks are home to cave paintings made by early humans. 

 

Up next, the group visited Port Bell. According to Winny, they saw the ferries, local boats, ships, etc. Winny also noted that each vessel had its own name, and that they all transported goods to Tanzania and Kenya through Lake Victoria.

 

Students at Port Bell on a boat


After leaving Port Bell, they stopped for the night in Jinja. Then they left to visit the source of Nile River.

 

The source of the Nile

 

As Winny describes it: “The major purpose for riding in this boat was to see the point where the water which flows into the Mediterranean Sea comes from. We also came to know that the local name for River Nile was Omugga Kiyira.”

The group then ventured over to the Kawanda Research Centre. The big takeaway from the center was how plants were taken care of, propagated, and cross-bred.

 

Agricultural center

                  Students learn about different plants at an agricultural research center.

 

From there, they went to the National Museum of Uganda, where they got to see the first Ford car introduced in Uganda.

 

National Museum of Uganda

The National Museum of Uganda was filled with items that the students have been studying in school. 

 

Their next stop was the Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe. Here, they were given help on some of the questions on their upcoming end-of-year test.

At the wildlife center, the group got to also see lions, leopards, elephants, zebras, and monkeys.

 

Wildlife Center

The Wildlife Center was home to more than just live animals. Students also got to see skeletons and learn more about the animals.

 

And as one of the last stops, the group visited the Ministers of Parliament, learning about who and what areas they represent.

 

Students at Parliament

Students visit the Ugandan Parliament, where politicians make and defend laws. They even got to meet one of their representatives!

 

With all the information the students got from the trip, we’d like to remind you that it was because your donations that Winny and the rest of her classmates were able to enjoy such a meaningful study trip!

 

Students in Kampala

                       Students walk through Kamapala, the capital city of Uganda. 

 

As a closing note, here’s Winny’s blessing to you and a reminder of the trip’s success:
 

“This study tour also gives us hope for the future and can also encourage us to work very hard in order to work in some of those places we went to.

 So I would like to appreciate you for funding our tour. . . . My appreciation also goes to our teachers who . . . went with us for the study tour.

It is my prayer that God should remember you and reward you. . . Thank you so much.”