School Children from Uganda tour Israel
For educational purposes schoolchildren from Africa routinely travel to various countries in Europe and Israel etc.
In December 2014, 15 children from Uganda, together with 15 accompanying adults (including teachers) spent 9 days touring Israel.
Their tour was unique as aside from the usual religious and historical places visited, they were taken to some interesting and unusual educational sites.
The group visited the ancient Mediterranean city of Caesarea and experienced a fascinating and magical movie experience that took them on a journey from the time of Herod through the various periods of history right up to the first days of Zionism.
They also visited Haifa and the Baha’i Gardens as well as the Haifa National Museum of Science where the children were able to experience scientific phenomena through actually handling them and playing with them and thus learning how sound waves are created and why we see different colors, amongst many other diverse and interesting examples.
During their time in the Galilee area and visits to many religious and historical sites they also visited Gan Garoo which features a variety of wildlife from Australia and where they could walk amongst the Kangaroos and feed them.
After leaving the Galilee the group visited the Dead Sea and had the opportunity to float in the heavy salt water. They also visited the green Oasis village of Kfar Hanokdim in the Judean Desert. They were invited into a Bedouin tent where they could relax and learn about Bedouin customs enriched with stories from these desert dwelling people. The next day they had the opportunity to experience the desert riding on Camels and Donkeys.
They then drove south to the Red Sea Port city of Eilat where they visited the Underwater Observatory Marine Park and Timna, the site of the World’s first copper mine and viewed the replica of the Tabernacle and enjoyed a Desert Jeep ride.
Leaving Eilat they visited Kibbutz Yotvata and on to Beer Sheva via the Ramon Crater. From Beer Sheva they travelled to Bethlehem and finally Jerusalem for a visit to the Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and many other sites.