Tour operators have begun incorporating educational trips in their activities as part of the initiative to promote domestic tourism at grassroots level.
In a bid to promote travel and tourism at grassroots levels, some tour operators have designed educational trips to enable children from primary and secondary schools to be exposed to various attractions around the country.
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry as well as the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate have been engaged so that children get all the necessary assistance during the trips.
Tourism and Travel executive Mr Sikhawuliso Sibanda said the trips are directly linked with the educational curriculum so that the children can learn while enjoying attractions.
“We want to make sure that they move, they go around their country and they understand their country which is important. It’s now a good thing to have somebody who is a foreigner writing our history telling us how it was before, so our packages don’t stay away from what the curriculum is holding,” said Mr Sibanda.
Both rural and urban schools have responded positively, since they have noticed that children perform better in subjects which have a direct link with the attractions visited, notes Travel and Tourism executive Mr Donald Gumbo.
“We went to Kariba Power Station where we learnt about how the electricity is generated and to my surprise in their exam paper, it came so all of them that were there got the answers correct so you can see how important it is. So its sight-seeing it`s education it`s education,” he said.
Educational trips are popular towards the end of the school terms, and allow the children to see the country’s various attractions due to prices that accommodate their age groups.