A warm Zimbabwean welcome at Pestalozzi
7 December 2012
As temperatures plummeted to below zero last week, guests at Pestalozzi’s Zimbabwean Cultural Evening were temporarily transported to the warmer climes of Africa. Pestalozzi’s Zimbabwean students put on a night to remember, beginning with a series of informative presentations, including some tasty Zimbabwean snacks and culminating with a fantastic play written specially for the event and performed with great enthusiasm by the students.
Visitors learnt about the history, cultures and languages of Zimbabwe and heard about some of the country’s astonishing natural wonders – Victoria Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls, and the Chinhoyi Caves, where the lake is a constant 22 degrees throughout the entire year.
A presentation by student Aldrin Shumba gave visitors an insight into the political and economic issues faced by Zimbabweans today. Inflation in Zimbabwe went from 48% in 1998 to 471,000,000,000% in 2008. These figures are barely comprehensible, but Aldrin provided some human examples: could you imagine buying 3 eggs for 100 billion Zimbabwean dollars? This kind of economic turmoil has made it difficult for many families to afford education for their children – just one reason the Pestalozzi scholarship programme means so much to the nine Zimbabwean students currently living at the village in Sedlescombe.
The highlight of the evening for many people was the student-produced play called "The Right Way”, which gave a humorous but informative illustration of how to organise a marriage between people from two different provinces. With poetry, songs, drumming, dance and plenty of witty dialogue, the production drew laughter and loud cheers from the crowd!
Pestalozzi’s next event is a Belizean Cultural Evening on Wednesday 19 December from 7:30-9:30pm. For more information, click here. Learn more about the work which we do with our partner countries here.