MUTARE – Cecil John Rhodes (CJR) Primary School from the Central Region in Gweru are the winners of the 24th Edition of the International Museums Day national quiz show after beating four other schools from the other regions.
"CJR won the quiz competitions after scoring 45 points for the first time in the history of the competitions. Our heritage regions are divided into five and CJR beat the other primary schools to clinch the first prize," said Kainos Mukonavanhu the heritage education officer for Eastern Region who hosted the show at Mutare Museum on Friday last week.
The International Museums Day is celebrated on May 18 every year and the country's five regions take turns to host the commemorations as a way of creating awareness on history, culture, science, environment and general knowledge among primary school children, said Mukonavanhu.
CJR battled it out with Mpumelelo from Bulawayo representing the Western Region who came second with 37 points, John Cowie from Rusape representing the Eastern Region were third with 33 points, Gutu United from Gutu representing the Southern Region had 32 points were on fourth position and Warren Park 4 from Harare representing the Northern Region came fifth with 32 points.
For their efforts CJR walked away with $150, each pupil got $80 from the National Museums and Monuments, a satchel and an Oxford Dictionary, Duramazvi and rulers from Tongaat Hulett, T-shirts from Econet and pens from Eversharp. Idah Nyabeze, CJR headmistress who accompanied the team was full of joy for the school's maiden win after several attempts. Last year CJR hosted the event, but came second behind Madyangove of Chivi who were representing the Southern Region. Rachel Muchiyanja, the coach for CJR team was a relieved person after winning the first prize for the first time.
"We have been representing the Central Region ever since but failing to get it right and I am very excited that this time around we have made it.
"I would like to pay tribute to our head for the support as she is always in attendance at the competitions and avails resources for research on heritage, this was also made easier as heritage is now part of the curriculum," said Muchiyanja.
Each school had a team of three pupils and CJR was represented by Lihlizulu Ntini, Shelton Bechani and Nataile Nyambayo all doing Grade 6. Mpumelelo Primary which received $100 prize money and $75 for each pupil as well as dictionaries, pens, rulers and T-shirts was represented by Sandile Ndlovu, Chantel Chitsa and Sinithiwe Ndlovu with Jackson Ndlovu as their coach.
Luckmore Muchineuta, Nokutenda Nyakuwanikwa and Tsitsi Tsindi represented John Cowie with Itai Nyambo as their coach also got $80 for the school and $70 each for the pupils.
Gutu Utd were coached by Florence Chibwani and represented by Tapiwanashe Muramba, Princes Furamera and Dylan Chituku. They walked away with $60 each and $60 for the school while the Sandra Chiroodza coached Warren Park 4 had Richard Jamala, Ashley Kangora and Tawananyasha Mambo as representatives and they got $50 each and $40 for the school as well as rulers, T-shirts and pens.
The competitions started at regional level in March as part of the preparations of the World Museums Day celebrations