Vom 3. bis 15. Oktober erfolgt der Gegenbesuch aus Simbabwe: Sechs Mitglieder der Schulgemeinschaft aus der Msiteli High School kommen nach Norddeutschland: Der Schulleiter Canny Vundla, die Lehrerin Miri Noko, der Lehrer Mandlenkosi Zulu, die Schülerinnen Aretha Chapendama und Bukekile Nkala sowie der Schüler Cuthbert Mathuthu. Alle werden in Familien der IGS-Schulgemeinschaft untergebracht.
Neben Hospitationen in der Schule ist auch hier ein großer Schwerpunkt des Austausches die gemeinsame Arbeit an Themen, die auf die Nachhaltigkeits-Ziele der Vereinten Nationen ausgerichtet sind.
In der ersten Besuchswoche steht eine Stadtführung auf dem Programm (inklusive Empfang bei Bürgermeister Hartlef). Ein besonderer Höhepunkt ist außerdem eine gemeinsame Übernachtung der Projektgruppe auf der Insel Neuwerk. Da Simbabwe keinen eigenen Zugang zum Meer hat, ist dies eine echte Entdeckung: Das erste Mal im Leben auf einer Insel, das besondere Erlebnis von Ebbe und Flut, die Fahrt mit einem Schiff.
In der zweiten Woche lädt die Projektgruppe zu einem Simbabwe-Abend in die Schule ein. Es gibt Ausflüge nach Hamburg, ins Alte Land und die nähere Umgebung und am Ende dann eine herzliche Verabschiedung in unserer Aula.
Aussagen unserer Gäste über ihren Aufenthalt bei uns:
C. Vundla (Headmaster)
- Time and planning take centre stage in their way of life
- clean cities and technological driven infrastructure
The school IGS
- The head of the school has a warm personality that culminates
- The use of technology as teaching and learning tool is our take home
- Teachers and students no words can express our appreciation for their love and care
- Heart-warming love to all our students and teachers
- Take pride in assisting visitors with their own resources
- Love and care will leave an incredible mark in our hearts for all our lives
- Symbol of love and unity with the church organ as their central spiritual centre
- historical buildings a centre of their pride
M. Noko (Teacher)
My impression about Germany is, that the country looks clean and so much orderly in all aspects. The sites are so interesting which includes the city of Hamburg which is so good. We went to church, too and were so much impressed by the building itself and the organ. Of much interest was the visit to the North Sea in which we used a ferry to go there and a horse wagon to come back. That was so much interesting as for some of us it was our first time to have the experience.
A lot of experience from the school system.
German schools are so much technologically driven, making the general learning environment more appealing. The use of ICT in class is at its climax since tablets and interactive boards are being used. Each learner is so much encouraged to be hands on in the learning system. My story would not be complete if I don’t mention that the people of Germany are all so time-conscious and that is an excellent gesture.
Finally, the most important thing that I can say about German people is that the people of Germany are so loving and caring. They have closely knit families where the members cherish each other. I so much appreciate my host family. Thank you so much, Nele Rieken, may God richly bless you in all aspects of life.
M. Zulu (Teacher)
Impressions on our visit to Germany Msiteli Team 2022
It is not often but one gets a chance to visit Europe, particularly if one is an ordinary working Zimbabwean — a schoolteacher for that matter. Fortunately, I had this chance with two of my colleagues and three students from Msiteli High as part of the exchange programme with IGS Stade comprehensive school. My impression of the school – its size – it is such a big school with world class facilities. The grounds are well kept and clean. Everything is closely coordinated with technology at the centre of it all. The school also has an international class, mostly students from the Ukraine – a wonderful initiative. We also got the opportunity to visit the town offices, the island of Neuwerk by ferry and our way back we came by horse carriage via the sea. I won‘t say much about this experience. Finally, we had a Zimbabwean night with the Stade community. We are grateful to ENSA, the sponsors. What the families of the students said that night showed that the exchange Programme has done much more particularly for the students. They are now global citizens. Finally, the food – yes, the food. What an experience with that. Thank you, Germany. It has been a wonderful experience. To the different families that housed us – Siyabonga. Thank you.
Aretha N. Chapendama (Student)
Impressions on the visit to Germany
The vegetation is evergreen which is different from the one in Zimbabwe hence making the air more breathable. The environment is well cared for e.g., there is no littering, and the litter is recycled.
The weather is friendly and adaptable, and the surrounding is peaceful (less noise).
There are nice people (always smiling and welcoming). Good and different ways of cooking, a mixture of different ingredients creating a masterpiece.
There is modified ways of learning and teaching making easier for submission of homework and schoolwork.
Bukekile Nkala (Student)
It has been a wonderful experience, so far, the people are nice and friendly. The weather is a bit chilly compared to ours but I‘m enjoying it. I´m impressed with everything about Germany starting from the school, it is very big, and the use of I‑Pads is a very good way to learn. It is fast, the Mensa is a good idea, it can really help a lot of children. The way teachers teach is very impressive. Germany has a lot of peaceful places; it is a nice place to be in and has a developed transport system and it’s good that you always know the time when you need to catch a train or bus. The host families have been very nice to us, and I feel at home. I have learnt a lot of things and I will implement them in my journey forward and I will share it with others. So, we can change the world for the better.
Cuthbert Mathuthu (Student)
My expressions of the exchange program visit in Germany
Firstly, I was impressed by the cleanliness of the environment across the country both land and the sea. The trees are evergreen, and some have purple leaves of which there are not there in Zimbabwe.
Secondly, the thing which impressed me most, was the way people travel across the mainland and the island whereby they use horse carriage when the water will be taken by the moon for a short period of time.
At one point I was very surprised to see horses swimming in the water, which I wouldn’t do if I was alone. Observing the woman who knew the horses, who wasn’t even afraid of the water level. That made me ride in the cart without fear.
Lastly, I was very impressed by the warm welcome at IGS Stade, Germany and by my host family. They are so lovely and kind. Their love made me feel at home and loved so much.