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:






















Hellen. T. Togara







Hartley 1 Primary School, Chegutu







Mashonaland West















Christabel Mumwa







Kambarami Primary School, Mrewa







Mashonaland East















Nigel Kadete







Chindotwe Primary School,















Mashonaland Central















Chantel Chiswa







Chiedza Primary School, Mbare






















Getrude Matsilele







Chesvingo Primary School, Neshuro, Masvingo






















Eunice Mangwiro







Nyamatsito Primary School, Nembudziya






















Prevalant Bukuta







Chatindo Primary School, Nyanga






















Mcebisi Dube















Bengo Primary School,







Matebeleland South















Fortune Mathe







Ndimakule Primary School, Hwange







Matebeleland North















Nqobile Mpofu







Induba Primary School,































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.