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    Friday, 8 December 2017

    Manhize secondary wins tree growing and care competitions


    ELLEN MLAMBO
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    CHIKOMBA – Against all odds, Manhize Secondary, a satellite school that does not even have a single building has won the Chikomba District Schools Tree Growing and Tree Care (STGTC) competition sponsored by Nyaradzo Group of Companies thereby beating 175 other schools that participated in the competitions.
    Manhize which is in Ward 7 came first in the whole district and received its award two weeks ago at a function attended by various schools and different Government departments.
    The STGTC was revived by Nyaradzo this year after it was discontinued for some years due to lack of funding.
    The school received a floating trophy, 2 wheelbarrows, 3 (50kgs) bundles of barbed wire, 5 watering cans, 5 rulers, soccer kit and a beehive.
    On second position was Daramombe High School which got a floating trophy, 1 wheelbarrow, two 50kg barbed  wire bundles, 1 bee hive, 5 watering cans and 5 rulers.
    On third position was Kwenda Primary School which received a floating trophy, 1 wheelbarrow, a bee hive, one bundle barbed  wire and five rulers.
    Barnabas Chikanya who is the Schools Ispector was the guest and honour during the event.
    He congratulated Manhize for coming first during the district competitions and extended the same to the first two runners-up. The competition saw the schools receiving indigenous, exotic or fruit trees to grow and take care of.
    Simba Donzo, a project officer with Nyaradzo's Friends of the Environment (FOTE) Project said they gave a total of 90 000 trees to schools in Mash East. Stakeholders like EMA, Forestry Commission, Agritex, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education judged the competitions.
    Donzo said the number of trees given to schools differed according to the size of land each school had.
    Forestry Commission district extension officer Simba Nsingo said most schools perfomed poorly in areas that included labelling, record keeping, general maintenance of project sites and inappropriate resource utilisation.
    Other aspects that were looked at were bee-keeping, forming of environmental clubs, forestry nursery, woodlot of exotic trees, growing and management of the trees.
    Manhize secondary school head Alice Bango thanked Nyaradzo and other stakeholders for awarding them for their efforts and said the school's vision is to have an adequate forest cover by 2022 so as to have a suitable and safe environment.

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