It was on Saturday morning 9th June, 2018 when Primary 3 children happily marched towards the school parking. They assembled near the school buses and got instructions from their teachers about the trip. The teachers told them that they must be guided by discipline and attention. They also told them that they would record as many things they see from the school to the field and in their way back to school. Together with their four teachers, a hundred and one pupils entered the buses at 7:30 and started writing as the buses moved on.

Three buses were used and each bus had at least a teacher who guided pupils and explained the names and uses of each thing they saw on or near the road.

The trip was arranged in the interest of the three lessons:

1. Kinyarwanda

2. Science and

3. Social and Religious Studies.

To begin with Social and Religious Studies, it was studied on the way –going and coming back. On the way going, pupils were actively learning Social and Religious Studies as soon as they started the journey. Most children had written more than 20 traffic signs seen on the road before reaching the targeted place. Every child had written more than 10 important places, and more than 5 community assets. The teachers were answering questions children asked relating to what they had seen. They also asked questions in order to attract each and every pupil’s attention.

On the way back, pupils learnt the three traffic sign colours at Gishushu, how they work successively and their meanings. They also practiced the use of road by pedestrians through zebra crossing. They did this guided by Rwanda National Police. it was another good experience for the kids to see the Traffic Police at work.

Soon a while, the buses reached Galaxy Hotel located in the centre of Kigali City in Kiyovu on the right of National Bank of Rwanda.

It was the turn of Kinyarwanda. Teachers grouped pupils in small groups so that they could tour successfully with motivated and active participation. Nothing you could see in each pupil face but happiness and curiosity to know names of traditional tools and their uses. It was the right time to study the history and culture of Rwanda. All things were interesting but the most important was the practice pupils did. They played traditional games like IGISORO, they played traditional musical instruments like UMUDURI, and they played the battle games like KUMASHA and KURASA. All children said that it was their first time to see tools like URUSYO, ICUMU, UMUVUBA, IBYANSI N'IBISABO, INGABO, UMUDURI and so on. Not only did the children deal with tools and their uses but they also learnt traditional Economic Activities. Most of those activities are craft works like UBUBOSHYI, UBUBAJI, UBUCUZI, and UBUHIGI.

In the end, pupils were taken to KIBAGABAGA valley to study the three types of soil. They observed them freely then Science Teacher explained the use of each. The emphasis was put on the clay soil. We approached the pottery site near the road KINYINYA-NYABUGOGO and observed various pots made from the clay. The children didn't want that we drive back to school but time was our bigger enemy. We are now praying for another trip in the third term.

All in all, our trip study truly amazed each and every one. Teachers got a really extensive moment to cover wide content and pupils discovered new world. The goals set and all expected outcome of the trip were fully met. 

This article was written by P3 Teachers.