SADC schools com­pete

Cape Times - - METRO - STAFF WRITER

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.

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