International Children's day in Zimbabwe

May 31, 2012

 

The 1st of June marked the celebration of International Children’s Day.  This day is set aside to celebrate the rights of the children.  The theme chosen by the World Health Organization for the day was Healthy Kids = Happy Kids.  Since the theme went along with Nestlé Zimbabwe’s Creating Shared Value Healthy Kids  Global Programme, Nestlé Zimbabwe joined forces with Showmasters in celebrating the day in Harare, Zimbabwe.   
A total of ten schools participated namely: Avondale Primary, Glen View 1 Primary, Glen View 7 Primary, Chinembiri Primary, S.O.S. Waterfalls, Fungisai Primary, Moffat Junior, Alfred Beit Trust Primary, Lochinvar Primary and Dzivarasekwa Primary Schools.  Churchill Boys High was also present as they led the march past town to the venue.  This event was held at the Harare Gardens.  The start of the event was marked by the Mayor’s Speech which was done on his behalf by the Deputy Mayor of Harare. 
This was followed by a parade by the school children from town house to the venue.  A welcome speech was made by the Showmasters Marketing Consultant Miss. Makie Mbanje. 

 



The parade across town to the Harare Gardens

Other companies present were PSMI, FAVCO and Innscor.  PSMI dental gave the children present a brief teaching on how to take care of their teeth properly.  The children showed great enthusiasm and asked a number of questions. FAVCO sponsored the event with fruits and juice for all the guests present.  Innscor provided food for the children and teachers present. Nestle Zimbabwe distributed 100 Healthy Kids T-shirts and pamphlets with information on the virtues of having a nutritious, balanced diet and physical activities.

Nestlé Zimbabwe took the opportunity to do the draw for the Healthy Kids Competition that ran concurrently with Athletics and Physical Education  from February to April 2012. This was a nationwide event and there was one winner from each of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces. Each winner walked away with a $500 school fees voucher and $1000 to the school they attend. 



Random selection of kids to conduct the draw

 

 

The winners per province were as follows:

NAME

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROVINCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hellen. T. Togara

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hartley 1 Primary School, Chegutu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mashonaland West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christabel Mumwa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kambarami Primary School, Mrewa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mashonaland East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigel Kadete

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chindotwe Primary School,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harare

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mashonaland Central

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chantel Chiswa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chiedza Primary School, Mbare

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getrude Matsilele

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chesvingo Primary School, Neshuro, Masvingo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masvingo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice Mangwiro

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nyamatsito Primary School, Nembudziya

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prevalant Bukuta

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chatindo Primary School, Nyanga

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manicaland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mcebisi Dube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bengo Primary School,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matebeleland South

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortune Mathe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ndimakule Primary School, Hwange

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matebeleland North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nqobile Mpofu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Induba Primary School,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulawayo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulawayo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These winners will be announced in the local press and on national radio.  Furthermore the school to which they attend will be contacted for presentation of their prizes. 

The children who attended the International Children’s day were entertained with some traditional music from a local song and dance group.  There were also dancing competitions among the kids from different schools selected randomly.


Entertainment by a traditional dance group

For their physical exercise there was a karate group that gave them tips on how to do the karate moves.  There was a lot of enthusiasm and interest shown by the school children in exercising and keeping well.

 

Kids going through Karate paces

In conclusion the International Children’s day celebrations were a success.  A job well done by all the parties that involved.