Sobantu star pupils back from informative Dubai trip

2016-04-27 06:00
Sobantu Secondary pupils Thobeka Shange, Nokubonga Xaba and   Fezeka Bhengu arrived with their teacher Thandeka Sibiya (left) at the King Shaka International Airport on Friday. PHOTO: supplied

Sobantu Secondary pupils Thobeka Shange, Nokubonga Xaba and Fezeka Bhengu arrived with their teacher Thandeka Sibiya (left) at the King Shaka International Airport on Friday. PHOTO: supplied

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THREE Sobantu Secondary pupils, who were the only South African­s selected to ­participate in the final stages of a United Nations research competition on sustainable cities, returned from their Dubai trip all smiles last week.

Pupils Fezeka Bhengu, Nokubonga Xaba and Thobeka Shange entered an essay on how Msunduzi could be ­sustained by using methane gas from municipal dumps to generate electricity for the city.

Bhengu bagged eighth place among the top finalists for her essay and debating skills on sustainable living.

Sobantu Secondary teacher Thandeka Sibiya was awarded a teacher champion accolade during the visit to Dubai.

“Dubai was an exciting experience for me and the pupils. I met teachers and pupils from Africa, Nigeria and Ethiopia. I also met teachers from Turkey, Philippines, UK, Macedonia, Seychelles, Lebanon, India, USA and many other countries. This exposed me to a variety of teaching strategies and different world views,” said Sibiya.

She said they were excited when they arrived at their five-star hotel that Save Hyper paid for.

“People were asking us what do we do in South Africa and how could we afford to stay in such a place. Save Hyper really spoilt us and went all out to make sure our trip was nothing short of amazing,” she said.

The pupils debated and presented their essays on sustainable living in Dubai and were also taken to its fellow sustainable city and neighbour Abu Dhabi.

“We will soon be sharing all that we learnt with other schools and teachers in Pietermaritzburg,” said Sibiya.

- Supplied.

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