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World Environment Day 2013 Celebration, Dete

World Environment Day 2013 Celebration, Dete

World Environment Day 2013 Celebration, Dete

On the 5th of June, the African Bush Camps Foundation commemorated World Environment Day with the five Primary School’s comprising the Dete Cluster, being St Francis Primary, Main Camp Primary, Sir Roy Primary, Mambanje Primary and Chezhou Primary Schools.

The day commenced at St Francis Primary School with a welcome by the Principal, Mr Tembo, performances by the world-renowned Dete group Ingonyama and an inspiring environmental speech by Dominic Nyathi from Painted Dog Conservation. Local stakeholders were greeted and welcomed by the day’s MC Derick Phiri who is also the teacher sponsored by the ABC Foundation at Mambanje Primary School.

After the elaborate and entertaining welcome, the five school’s and community members and stakeholders started on a very thorough clean up campaign, each school covering their delegated area of the community including the clinic, police station, commercial shopping area and National Railways. The clean up campaign ended with all school’s gathering at Sir Roy Primary School, situated on the other side of Dete where we were warmly welcomed by the Headmaster, Mr Ntini and his staff of teachers and SDC committee members.

The highlight of the day was without doubt the presentations given by the schools. Each school entered under the three categories of competition, being Banner, Drama/Song and Poetry competition. The children presented outstanding art work and performances, very entertaining but also meeting the criteria of communicating and addressing the theme of this year’s World Environment Day being Eat, Think, Save.

The competition was adjudicated by three well respected members of the community who had the very challenging job of judging the performances of the day.

First, second and third prizes were handed out for each category of Environmental Science Text books and stationary. Refreshments were also provided for the attending guests and local stakeholders and the children were provided with lunch.

Transport was also provided for the three school’s who are located outside of Dete, being Main Camp Primary, Chezhou Primary and Mambanje Primary School who are all over 10km from Dete, Mambanje being the furthest and most remote being 15km away.

As a part of the celebrations, tree’s were planted at all of the five participating primary school’s as well as the Dete Old Age Home, the Dete Clinic, Dete Business Centre, ZRP, NRZ. The schools were challenged by a competition for the best growing tree’s, which will be judged and awarded at the 2014 World Environment Day Celebration.

The 2013 World Environment Day celebrations was a really wonderful day enjoyed by all who witnessed it, attendance was overwhelming by both the school’s and the community. We especially send out big thank you’s to all those who helped make it such a success including St Francis Primary School and Sir Roy Primary School for hosting the WED’s Celebrations, the wonderful judges panel, all local business people and stakeholders who attended, Dominic Nyathi and Painted Dog Conservation, Ingonyama for their performances and participation in the day and Derick Phiri as MC of the event. Everyone there was left truly inspired and challenged to not only make it a day to commemorate but a lifestyle to adopt and spread through the community.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 12, March 2013)

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