MWENEZI - Zion Christian Church Kumuka kwevakafa (ZCCK), an indigenous church based in Mwenezi has awarded 30 outstanding students from its congregation during Easter celebrations held at Mapuranga Village in Chief Murove's area in Neshuro.
The 5th Annual Prize Giving Day was combined with the church's Easter celebrations where thousands of people converged from different parts of the country.
The prizes were given to best performers at grade 7, 'O' and 'A' level during the 2016 academic year. Overall position prizes were also given to both 'O' and 'A' level students as well as grade 7 pupils.
The following students were adjudged the best at 'A' Level; Providence Shumba and Alice Jeke. At 'O' Level; Terrence Chakurira and Yananai Mataviro, and Timukudze Mugaviri and Ivy Jeke at Grade 7. The winners walked away with exercise books.
Some of the students who got recognition were Sam Muza U6, Gracious Gumbo U6, Oliver Marume form 4, Nkanyiso Ncube form 4, Silence Moyo form 4 and Melusi Purazi form 4, Moreblessing Dube grade 7, Yvonne Kure grade 7, Linear Shoko grade 7and Passmore Gumbo grade 7.
The recently held event was sponsored and graced by Honest Bonda a former student of Batanai secondary school in Mwenezi who is now a Sergeant with the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
Bonda complimented the church for coming up with such initiatives that see students who excel academically being recognised for their effort and good work.
"I urge you boys and girls to work hard in your studies because education is the backbone of life. If you are educated there is a greater chance of living a decent life, which is a wish of your parents," said Bonda. .
Speaking at the same occasion National President of Zimbabwe Indigenous Churches Association (ZILA) Lyphet Matenda who is also the Bishop for ZCCK said the aim of these prizes was to motivate students to do their best when it comes to education.
"We are also planning to give these prizes to non-formal students who are also within our church. Besides that we are also planning to have ICT tools as some of the awards because they work with the new curriculum," said Matenda.