Thirteen pupils from the Dick Shepherd school in Brixton, South London arrived in Harare on July 5 to see how different races live together in Zimbabwe.
SV Prime Minister Mugabe and Brixton delegation exchange greetings.
SV PAN Delegations seated around table.
SV Mr. Mugabe talking to delegation PULL BACK TO delegation at table.
SV PAN Pupils seated.
SV Mr. Mugabe talking PULL BACK TO delegation listening.
GV Pupils listening.
GV Mr. Mugabe at head of table, flanked by headmistress Mrs Margaret Broadley.
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Background: Thirteen pupils from the Dick Shepherd school in Brixton, South London arrived in Harare on July 5 to see how different races live together in Zimbabwe. After the 1981 Brixton street riots which were in part motivated by racial problems the fifth-form students agreed to research the causes. Encouraged by a Zimbabwean teacher at their school, the pupils decided to visit a country where black and white communities work together. Soon after arrival, the group was welcomed by Prime Minister Robert Mugabe. The Zimbabwean leader exchanged ideas with the students and gave them an insight into the ways his government encourages co-existence between the races. Funds for the 15 day stay in Zimbabwe were raised at functions arranged by the group, including a fair at which Prince Charles attended to give his personal support. The Commonwealth Youth Exchange, through the British Council, also helped raise money. The student's headmistress Mrs Margaret Broadley, seated next to Mr. Mugabe, said her pupils would visit at least ten schools and teacher training centres as well as tour Great Zimbabwe, Hwange and the Victoria Falls.