Chance of a lifetime for Walmer teens

2016-06-22 06:00
These pupils from Walmer High School are among 24 youths from the Walmer Township who will be leaving for their first overseas trip on Saturday. Back, from left, are Tarryn Mintoor, (choir master), Anelisa Tuku, Zumbenthi Matshisi, Vuyiseka Maranti, Andisiwe Dingalabalula and Akum Nojoko. In front, from left, are Lusindiso Joni. Sibabalwe Komani, Sbusiso Kelemana, Ntombezintle Jacobs, Siphiwo Manyonga and Sikholiwe Jafta.  Photo: MORNÉ DU RANDT

These pupils from Walmer High School are among 24 youths from the Walmer Township who will be leaving for their first overseas trip on Saturday. Back, from left, are Tarryn Mintoor, (choir master), Anelisa Tuku, Zumbenthi Matshisi, Vuyiseka Maranti, Andisiwe Dingalabalula and Akum Nojoko. In front, from left, are Lusindiso Joni. Sibabalwe Komani, Sbusiso Kelemana, Ntombezintle Jacobs, Siphiwo Manyonga and Sikholiwe Jafta. Photo: MORNÉ DU RANDT

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THE chance of a lifetime was bestowed on 24 children of Walmer Township in Port Elizabeth who will be leaving on a three-week tour of Germany and Switzerland on Saturday.

The teenagers, all members of the choir of the Masifunde Learner Development Project, have to pay only for their passports.

“I can not wait to see Adolf Hitler’s grave. I can not wait to go overseas. To see how other cultures live, to walk around in stores and see how they dress, what makes their style different to ours,” said an excited Zumbenati Matshisi, a grade 10 learner of Walmer High School.

The choirmaster, Tarryn Mintoor, is the only one of the squad who has been overseas before, and she has her hands full to contain the excitement of the group.

“We have spent a lot of time together over the past two months. It was hard to get to know everyone, but I’m looking forward to being a part of these lovely children’s memories,” she said.

Masifunde Learner Development is a non-governmental organization that provides educational support to children from Walmer Township.

“The choir will visit seven cities in Germany where they will have workshops with German school choirs and perform together in a big concert in each city,” said Msikeleli Moli, a member of the project.

The tour not only focuses on musical development, but also gives learners the opportunity to get to know different cultures.

“I am very happy and cannot wait to go. My family and friends are very happy for me and that I can go to places they have not been,” said Sibabalwe Komani (16).

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