10 May 2013

History Tour 2013

26 students and 2 teachers set out for Europe on 6th April and returned on the 19th April. The purpose of the tour was to reinforce what we teach in the classroom with the physical – to make history come alive for the students through visual aids.

We arrived in Paris on the 7th of April in the late afternoon. Because our flight was delayed by almost 3 hours, we failed to accomplish all we had planned to do on this first day. We however managed a tour of Paris at night seeing the famous Champs Elysees, the Louvre and Sacre Coeur and went up the Eiffel Tower right up to the very top in what we thought was the most cold weather.

The next day we travelled to Flanders in Belgium and Dunkirk. This was a cold day. Most of us had never been that cold before. We stopped at La Couple Museum where Hitler was building rockets underground with the aim of using the element of surprise to take over Europe. Then of course the beaches of Dunkirk were a marvel. We braved the ice cold weather and picked up a few shells.

The Students appreciated the 1914 war technology at the Somme and also saw the ugly side of war through the many grave yards and war remains.

We travelled back to Paris and Euro Disney. This was the highlight for many students.

From there we travelled to Berlin where we traced the Wall path and ended at Check point Charlie museum. Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the Western Allies to a crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie was designated as the single crossing point by foot or by car. It became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of East and West.

From Berlin we headed for Poland to see the infamous concentration camps. It is my hope that young people who are the future and who are fortunate enough to travel to such places learn from this history and never repeat such atrocities.

From Poland we headed for the beautiful city of Prague. We started our tour from the Castle, down to Charles Bridge, past the astronomical clock and ended and Wenceslas Square. The aim was to appreciate the old versus the new Prague, to learn the history of the Prague Spring and how Prague has moved past its history of being Soviet controlled.

From Prague we travelled back home via Dubai.

After much walking, much learning, much fast food and much fatigue, we arrived at the Harare International airport just before 5pm on the 19th April. We would like to thank the parents and the school for making this possible. Well done to the group for showing gentlemanly conduct throughout the tour.

Mrs Monica Mukotsanjera (Head of History Department)