A STUDY TOUR TO WESTERN UGANDA
It takes a well thought and well planned idea to achieve what one achieves. It also goes with willingness and ability to spend some resources (money) to be able to fulfill this target and interest. It is important to move out and appreciate nature with its socio-economic and physical endorwements. Not only appreciating but also be able to learn and expands one’s academic performance.
Such opportunity and interest is always here at Kisoro Vision ss. Academic tours to several part of Uganda especially western Uganda are always made for students and staff members.
Key purpose for this external visits.
- Be able to physically see what is taught in class theoretically and read in books (Abstract)
- Be able to improve ones’ academic performance and learning aptitudes. Through physical interaction and interface with the knowledge teachers and students receive in abstract nature from written materials (Books).
- To appreciate nature during the tours made and interface with different antiquities, Flora and Fauna, physical and geographical features.
- Exposures are significant to Kisoro Vision SS students and staff where they interact with other people outside Kisoro District during such tours.
- These tours are made to relax peoples’ minds breaking the monotony and boredom of classroom teaching and learning.
There is always excitement for these academic tours for students as most of them are born from Kisoro and have never crossed this district.
The journey starts from school using hired buses from the schools of Kabale district; a neighboring District; as Kisoro Vision SS has not yet secured its own buses.
Learning and teaching then starts as the journey is started. The first stopover is made at Echuya forest (“Murugano” – Bamboo forest) where the equatorial type of vegetation of evergreen trees are seen. This forest has mahogany and Ebony tree species and a lot of Bamboo trees.
In contrast, the Queen Elizabeth national park area in western Uganda has shorter tree species of savannah type of vegetation with very few scattered trees of Acaccia, Cactins and Baobab species. This area is a habitat for a number of wild animals (Fauna) which are conserved together with the natural tree species (Flora) which are mainly succulent its hot temperatures of over 250c and moderate rainfall of 1,000- 500mm were key considerations for declaring this area as a National park. Students enjoy learning this as they see it physically, including wild game seen here.
The most spectacular wild animals living in Queen Elizabeth National Park include Lions, Elephants, Buffalos, Uganda Kob, Bush Burks, Leopards, Zebra etc.
In Ntungamo, there is an outstanding geographical feature called “Kalegyeya Inselberg”. This is a granite tor (inselberg) formed as a result of physical weathering leading to rock disintegration. Besides being a key area of academic study, it is a tourist attraction and students enjoy taking photographs while standing at its top as they get excited of its general nature.
The fascinating Kitagata Hot Spring in Bushenyi District meets the students’ tour interests. “Kitagata” is a local name which means “Boiling or very hot” Thus it is a point of very hot water that gashes from underground reaching the earth’s surface via rocks.
At this point, water emerges from underground in between rocks. This water is super-heated at 950C and above because of the geographical and geochemical and radioactive reactions as a result of convective currents in the underground rocks. This water is said to be curative (merely a belief) mainly for skin diseases.
Pleasure of academic tours goes high when our touring team reaches a point /line where the world is divided into two at the Equator line ie northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere. Here at the Equator line, lots of experiments were made where an object was placed in a bucket of water and it rotated clock wises in the southern hemisphere while few inches to the northern hemisphere the object rotated anti-clock wise.
Lake Katwe salt mines where sodium bi-carbonate is extracted, becomes part of the interest places visited by Kisoro Vision community. Lake Katwe salt deposits was first noticed by Mulogo a professional hunter from Kitara in the 11th century.
The vision students then do share this adventure to understand their geography, environment and the socio-economic activities that go around here.
Site visit of fishing on Lake Edward and Kazinga channel presents great exposure for the learning and touring team. But the tour goes without the opportunity for the students and teacher in the touring and academic team to test the many fish species like Tilapia, cat fish, Mud fish and Nile Perch as they are directly sold to large scale buyers especially Congolese. Students however enjoy boat sailing in this lake.
The defunct copper and cobalt mining in Kasese in kilembe mines in the Rwenzori ranges, discovered in 1906 by an Italian geologist called Abruzzi is always visited during the study tour made by Kisoro Vision Students.
The ever flooding river Nyamwamba runs through Kilembe mines. This river’s merits and demerits to the mining economic activity are assessed.
But we do not go all this far to other parts of western Uganda in the Kasese region before acquainting ourselves with what is in our very vicinity; where we take a share of our own surrounding beauty. This includes hill climbing and going to the summit/hill top of Karunga where we are enabled to view Lake Mutanda; a larva dammed lake, then view democratic Republic of Congo, just 9 kms away and Rwanda at only 7 kms away. In this range of site, we see so closely the Mgahinga Mts and National Park at about 6 Kms distance then the Muhabura ranges and Sabyinyo and Nyiragongo Mtns. Our learning of geography begin at our door steps, so rich of information and mind comfort.
These thrilling and exciting tours have always transformed the mind set of both the learners and the teachers of Kisoro Vision SS due to their interaction with the reality of our Geography, environment and socio-economic wealth. Please have time to either join us in this adventure or personally initiate this trip to enjoy God’s given beauty.
I create this appetite in you.