SADC schools compete
PUPILS from schools across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) will put their knowledge to the test when competing for top honours in the National School Quiz Championships (NSQC).
The championship, starting today, will be hosted at Monash South Africa (MSA) at its Ruimsig campus. Pupils from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland travelled to South Africa.
NSQC is a televised academic school quiz programme open to all high schools across the SADC region.
Organisers have said the goal of the competition was to encourage and celebrate academic excellence, regardless of race, gender or social class. “Schools will be competing for the prestigious NSQC World Championship trophy, as well as the grand cash prize of R100 000 for the winning team. The prize money is divided between the school, teachers and students.
“In addition, MSA will be rewarding the winning team by contributing towards scholarships for the pupils. So far, NSQC has awarded R5.7 million in scholarships in the last three major tournaments,” said the organisers.
MSA president Alwyn Louw said: “MSA is honoured to host and reward the incredible pupils competing in South Africa this December. This academic tournament does a phenomenal job of testing the breadth and depth of their knowledge, and educates the competitors in exciting but challenging ways.’’
He said NSQC evaluated the pupils’ knowledge regarding science, maths, history and literature, and would assess their general knowledge and knowledge of Africa. The tournament will be hosted for a second time in South Africa at MSA.
Some of the high schools include Baobab College and Chengelo International, both from Lusaka in Zambia, Leap PTA (Pretoria) as well as Kingsridge Girls (King William’s Town) from South Africa, and Marist Nyanga, along with Prince Edward (Harare) from Zimbabwe.
The championship will be live on HStv.co.zw, including live interactive streaming on the NSQCtv Facebook page and further rebroadcasts on ZBC TV, ZNBC, BTV, DStv 319 Mindset, Kwese iFlix and Swazi TV.