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    Regina Mundi, Thornhill win Midlands EMA debates




    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU
    – The Roman Catholic-run Regina Mundi Girls High School has won the Midlands chapter of the Environmental Management Agency National Schools Debate held at Thornhill on Thursday last week.
    Regina Mundi came first in the non-affirmative category of the competitions while Thornhill came first in the affirmative.
    All the seven districts in Midlands Province fielded two schools each from those that came tops at district levels.
    The schools that participated are Thornhill, Regina Mundi from Gweru District; Dadaya, Gorge Chipadza from Zvishavane; Guruva, Mnene from Mberengwa; Hovanu, Logos from Gokwe South; Nyamaroro, Chinyenyetu Gokwe North; Parkingson, Chrome from Shurugwi and Rio Tinto and Goldridge from Kwekwe District.
    Each district was therefore fielding a team which was against the topic and the other school supported the debated topic.
    Regina Mundi came first after it whitewashed Logos in a battle that pitted two girl high schools.
    The debate topic was 'Environmental prosecution and not environmental education is the best way to deal with poor waste management practices in Zimbabwe and Regina Mundi was against the prosecution motion.
    Thornhill High which was in the supporting group also came first after silencing Mnene high school which was advocating for environmental education and not prosecution.
    Goerge Chipadza of Zvishavane District came second with three points behind Regina Mundi and in the affirmative side and Rio Tinto was second with eight points behind Thornhill.
    Gweru City Council acting Town Clerk Edgar Medzi who was the guest of honour during the event applauded the schools for a job well done and also said the topic was important considering that waste management is a serious issue in the country.
    "The topic required great academic exploration and it draws a battle line on the underlying solution of waste management in the country. Waste management is one of the environmental challenges the country is facing and it needs all of us to come together and share ideas," said Mwedzi
    He also said that environmental policy directors should consider important imports the school children are giving in debates as it may help solve some issue.
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