A group of six Welhamites with one teacher escort attended “Inhlaba” meaning Aloe, a Round Square Conference in South Africa based on “Environmentalism.”
After a vibrant opening ceremony that highlighted African history and culture, all delegates along with their teacher escorts were taken to the Dinokeng forest reserve, where the rest of the conference was to be held. It was a surreal experience to stay in an African forest for 4 days and experience the richness of the conference.
The boys were divided into baraza groups and soon made friends with students of varied nationalities.
The keynote sessions were highly informative and enlightening. From learning about the mystery and miracles of eggs to understanding how animals are tracked in the Jungles to understanding the value of plants; each session had brilliant takeaways with a true connection with everyday life.
The students were engaged in many interesting sessions such as the Slingshot building, Bundu race puzzle, Archery and air rifles, Animal Bingo and City Building. The Eco walk, Star gazing and the night march in the African forest gave the students a true feel of life in the bushes. In addition to being a visually amazing event, the live snake show broke myths about snakes and their behavior.
The game drives which are better known as Jungle Safaris in India were the most fascinating where the group spotted Giraffes, Zebras, Impalas, Nylayas, Antelopes, and wildebeests.
At the cultural show, the boys performed a vibrant version of “Bedu Pako” a famous folk song of Uttarakhand. They also presented a self-composed song “Save The Earth” which was in sync with the theme of the conference. The performances were much appreciated and applauded.
After the closing ceremony of the conference, the Welham Boys’ team flew to Cape Town and did a post-conference tour of this place which is a paradise on Earth. They visited Table Mountain, the iconic Cape of Good Hope, and Waterfront, and saw the penguins of Africa!
It was a brilliant learning experience for the boys and gave them an opportunity to interact with students from various countries and cultures.