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Liverpool Dangers won't halt Zimbabwe trip

Pupils from three primary schools are to fly out to Zimbabwe later this year in a bid to improve understanding between the two cultures.

The trip, which will give British children the opportunity to visit Zimbabwean schools (pictured), is due to take place despite Foreign Office warnings of a widespread cholera epidemic.

The Foreign Office is warning of "isolated incidents of violence" across the region following last year's power struggle between President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, the prime minister.

The Foreign Office added that the situation could "deteriorate further without warning".

Eight children, aged 10 and 11, from St Cleopas Primary in Dingle, St Hugh's Primary in Wavertree and St Patrick's Primary in Toxteth will spend a week at a boarding school in Marondera, about an hour's drive east of Harare.

The visit is backed by the British Council as part of its Connecting Classrooms project. It will give the pupils a chance to attend lessons and learn different approaches to literacy and information technology while breaking down stereotypes.

Ruth Frain, St Cleopas Primary's headteacher, said every effort would be made to ensure the trip was "completely secure". rv.

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