30 schools converged at Mukuvisi Woodlands for their fourth annual Schools Enviro-Challenge last month.
The programme, aimed at enhancing environmental knowledge and conservation, saw the participation of both primary and secondary schools, among them David Livingstone, Courtney Selous, Chisipite Primary, Mufakose 1 High, Chinamano, Cranborne Boys High, Excel College and Glenview 2 High.
They took part in various activities including quizzes, theatre, treasure hunts, poetry and music, all driving home the human responsibility in preserving their environment.
Using theatre, students from David Livingstone Primary (pictured) presented a play about the importance of litter separation, recycling and the effects of noise pollution. Their play was captivating at the same time educating and entertaining, with music and dance providing a refresher to the audience at the event.
Visitation Makumbe High, which travelled all the way from Mashonaland East, also delivered a well-polished play which starts in a commuter. In the play, the conductor and other passengers are educated about the effect of littering. Despite being a rural school, the students managed to make their creative story relate to an audience of mostly urban residents who board commuters on regular basis.
Poetry was another tool that was used to rub in just how important the environment is, including the need to protect water and trees. Students used both Shona and English to present their well-researched and exciting pieces on the importance of water.
Mukuvisi Woodlands environment education coordinator Gibson Nhokora says: “We engage children when they are young so that when they become leaders in the future we will not have to petition them with papers on the importance on preserving the environment.”
The event was held in partnership with several organisations including Spar, Nyaradzo Group, Environment Africa and Bird Life Zimbabwe.
Nyaradzo Group information and publicity officer Augustine Mukaro donated four trees to each school in attendance, representing the program’s four years of existence. “Imagine how much our environment would benefit if every one of us was to plant a tree on their birthday every year,” enthused Mukaro.
Environment Africa donated t-shirts and colour coded bin bags, which will be used to separate litter and recycle waste at schools.
The Schools Enviro-Challenge is an initiative that is used to entice children into the field of environmental preservation and resuscitation. It is part of the Mukuvisi Woodlands schools engagement programme that was started by their vice chairman in 2009.