Viewing the Falls with Chinotimba Pre-school
Thanks to a very generous donation from project volunteer Cheri Bazley, our project staff in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe were able to organise a school trip for the kids of Chinotimba Preschool to visit Victoria Falls National Park.
Mrs. Nyathi, the school’s headmistress told us that most of the children had not slept much the night before with so much anticipation about their planned visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Very few of the kids, aged two to six years old, have ever seen the Victoria Falls in person. A sad reality in the town of Victoria Falls is that many people go their whole lives living here without ever having seen the Falls, a natural wonder right on their doorstep.
With a big gasp and a chorus of “Wooow” the kids were immediately captivated when the rainforest trees parted to reveal the towering Falls. Although the trek is a fair distance for small legs, the Chinotimba students kept their spirits high by singing songs, and climbing on our volunteers for piggyback rides. At the end of the trail, facing the Victoria Falls bridge, kids and volunteers alike kicked off their shoes in celebration of a hot yet successful expedition. The children of Chinotimba Preschool enthusiastically took up a request to perform a preview of their graduation theatrical play for on looking tourists.
About Chinotimba Pre-school
Chinotimba Pre-school educates 49 children up to age 6 in the Chinotimba township, on the outskirts of Victoria Falls town. As a community school, it relies on school fees to sustain its two teachers and ensure the children have the resources they need to learn. Unfortunately, the majority of the children attending do not pay school fees, and although the school will never turn students away, it has once been closed due to a lack of funds. ALERT is dedicated to ensuring the education of Chinotimba’s youngest learners adequately prepares them to enter the school system with the cognitive and social abilities to succeed in the future.