Children traveling to the capital

A journey to an unfamiliar environment is always an exciting adventure. LEC through the assistance of Soroptimist organization from Rapperswil, Switzerland organized the annual city tour for rural kids who improved the most in their studies. The objective of the trip was to encourage, motivate and reward the Kaudwane Primary School kids for their notable improvement in their studies.

It was a beautiful sunny morning of April 8th2019 when the selected kids, teachers and their parents assembled at the school grounds to be picked up by a minibus to start the 240 kilometres journey to the city of Gaborone. The parents had come to bid farewell to their kids. Before the journey could begin, the kids were interviewed about their expectations from the city tour. Each one gave their own exciting expectation! It was all about having a glimpse of the city life for a week. The journey proceeded smoothly to the city.

In the city, the kids went quiet for a while. Seeing all sorts of things, they had not seen before. They had many questions to ask. The kids looked amazed, excited and even shocked by the things they saw for the first time. High-rise buildings, hundreds of cars and people, airplanes at the airport and the sophisticated machinery at Bokomo milling industries. The impact of the trip on the kids was beginning to show on the second day. They started talking about changing their career dreams to being pilots, managers and university professors. The teachers were all smiles!

On the fourth day the kids were told it was time to go back home to re-unite with families. It was clear that they still had the hunger to explore even more. We safely drove back to Kaudwane in the afternoon of the fourth day, with stopover lunch in Molepolole. The journey ended smoothly and safely with good memories and a renewed vigour to achieve more

As their tour leader, I learnt one thing; things that do not matter to us may mean everything to someone else. Let’s continue to change lives for the better. We thank LEC management and the Soroptimist organization for making this trip a possibility for these kids. Keep it up.

Text: Tshepho Tsito

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