In our continuing series, we bring you another composition from one of our students. Georgina, who will graduate this year, writes about her class’ school trip to the Ugandan capital of Kamapala. For most students, the field trips are their first chance to see a big city.
It was on Wednesday, 16th September 2009 when our teachers sent us home at lunchtime to prepare for the tour to Kampala on the next day. We were so excited to hear that. We went home to prepare ourselves for the journey. I did not sleep that day. I was thinking about the tour. We began telling stories with my sister Caroline until it clocked midnight. We slept for three hours then we woke up to bathe and put on our clean uniforms. But for all those three hours, we were dreaming that the bus had left us!
We left home at 5am in the morning with our father who escorted us to Kikholo. We found other students in Kikholo. No sooner had we greeted other students than the buses arrived. Other students who slept at school joined us and we were told to enter into the bus by teacher Patrick.
The bus left Kikholo at 6:42 a.m. It took off until we reached Bududa Police Station when it stopped for a moment. We passed via Bududa, Manafwa, Mbale, Tororo, Iganga, Jinja, Mukono and so many other districts and towns to reach Entebbe Airport. We saw many physical features on our way to Entebbe airport and these included Mpologoma swamp, Mabire forest, Lake Victoria, and River Nile.
We reached Entebbe airport at midday. We found many planes which had already landed. As we were touring the airport, another plane landed. Before we left the airport, one plane took off. Entebbe airport was opened up in 1974. It is located in Wakiso district. Entebbe airport is managed by the ministry of transport and telecommunication. Entebbe airport creates employment opportunities to Ugandans.
There after, we went to the meteorological center. It is located in Wakiso district too. There are many instruments used at the meteorological center. These include rain gauge, sunshine recorder, six thermometer, barometer, Stevenson screen, wind vane, windsock and anemometer.
There after, we went to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. We were welcomed by Joseph who took us around teaching us about many types of animals and how the behave. We saw a crested crane, peacock, antelope, and a kob.
We saw two different types of monkeys. Red tailed monkey and black and white colored monkeys. We saw African fish eagles, African grey parrots, pride of lions, hyenas, white rhinos, shoe bill stork, ostrich, buffalos, warthog, and pythons.
After the zoo, we set off to where we slept. We slept at Mother Majeri. We were welcomed by the head teacher of Mother Majeri. We slept comfortably. We had our breakfast when it was raining.
The bus set off at 8 a.m to Britaina Allied industries Limited. We saw how biscuits, sweets and juice are made. The main raw materials for making biscuits are wheat, milk and food color.
Thereafter, we went to the Parliament. Parliament is where elected members from constituencies sit to debate. The parliament is headed by the Speaker. The first Speaker of Ugandan Parliament was Hon. Narendra Peter.
As soon as we came out of the parliament we had our lunch. After lunch we walked by the conference center and back to our bus. The buses set off at 4 p.m. and we arrived at Kikholo at 9 p.m. and our parents were waiting for us. We reached our homes safely.
It was such an interesting tour. We had the chance to view all the important places in Kampala. We saw the tallest building and so many others. We enjoyed our tour with other students from other schools. Our tour was such an interesting one that we wish to have another.