Rural school quiz team scoop national honours

Madyangove primary school quiz teachers, Irene Matare Sibanda and Silibaziso Moyo have given three pupils remarkable fame after the team showcased steadfast quizzing prowess at the national primary school quiz contest in Gweru, last Friday.

The-winning-team-&-their-teachersDynamite comes in small packages, which proved to be true for the sharp minded juveniles, Ladislous Chinhara, Makanaka Mushayabasa and Tinotenda Chikuku .The youngsters displayed a five star performance, that mesmerising hundreds of audience packed to witness the national completion held at Cecil John Rhodes primary school hall.
In typical biblical David and Goliath story the team of three Masvingo junior scholars, clad in simple green track suites, defeated their optimistic urban based competitors in categories such as cultural heritage, history, science environment as well as general knowledge.
“Yes, for the first time in history of the National Primary Quiz competitions the title has landed in our hands. This is through perseverance and dedication. We started partaking in these competitions as far back as 2002. We lost last year’s competition by a slight margin. Although we were deeply hurt after losing by one mark, we did not quit. We thank God that today we managed to conquer,” said the seemingly jovial teacher Sibanda.

A co-quiz coach, Moyo said the Chivi Rural District Council run school earned victory through the administration’s flexible adoption of Cultural diplomacy, extensive research and constant visits to cultural monumental sites like Great Zimbabwe.

“Our visits to Physical or “tangible cultural heritage” such as historic places, monuments and artefacts galleries could have contributed to our victory. We would want to maintain the earned status. We are not going to relax; we are going to continue working tirelessly so that next year we attain the same results”, she said.

The only present rural school, Madyangove team won the quiz, beating four of the nations ‘A’ class schools such as Manicaland based St Melleray and the host Midlands Province champion, Cecil John Rhodes that came second and third positions respectively.

Three quiz captains from the optimistic CJR, Mt Melleray and Chinembiri’s cheeks glistened with tears as they received their accolades.

Others schools that competed were Bulawayo based Khumalo primary and Chinembiri primary school from Mashonaland region.

The event is the brain child of National Museum and Monuments. The seemingly well-funded event was graced by the longest worded ministry in the country’s boss, Minister of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of National Culture and Heritage, Abednico Ncube,  National Museums and Monuments Regional Director, Nobert Nhutsve, the Principal Director, Rev. Paul Damasane, Midlands Province Arts and Cultural Heritage Officer, Anele Gumbochuma, National arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ), Provincial Programmes Officer Honour Muvango and other provincial government officials.

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