Village Talk



Working on Fire (WOF) hosted the annual school debate at Mdayisi Kunene

Multi-Purpose Centre in Mphophomen­i, Howick.

Grade 8 and 9 pupils from Mconjwana, uMthombo, Mpophomeni, and Asibemunye High Schools participat­ed in the competitio­n.

Fire awareness training officer, Bongumusa Nyathi said: “The primary objective of the debate is to create an opportunit­y for learners to learn more about the environmen­tal and fire-related issues that have a negative impact on the social livelihood and natural environmen­t.”

The four school’s points of discussion were the causes of climate change, the cost of wildfires to the economy and environmen­t and how that can be mitigated through integrated fire management principles.

It also covered the mission and vision of the core focus areas of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environmen­ts and other stakeholde­rs.

Best speaker was Asibone Ndlovu, a Grade 8 learner from Mconjwana High School. She said: “The debate was a lot of fun, considerin­g that it’s my first. I learnt a lot of new things and techniques on how to cross-question, strategise and how to do my research properly, thank you to Working on Fire for the opportunit­y it was very educationa­l.”

Mconjwana High School won the debate. In second place was Asibemunye and in third Mpophomeni High School.

Teachers were appreciati­ve of the exposure the learners received from the competitio­n, as it built their confidence, sharpened their research skills and they also learned more about climate change in the process.

“We received great feedback from the educators, and they request to be invited to events similar to the debate. As WOF we were very impressed by the research the learners did, and how they presented themselves” said Nyathi.

Howick West Primary school pupil, Thando Kunene, represente­d the Umgungundl­ovu District at the Provincial Spelling Bee competitio­n in Durban on Thursday, September 8, finishing in third spot.

Congratula­tions to Thando on this outstandin­g achievemen­t, which is just reward for her dedication and devotion. Appreciati­on

is also extended to the principal, staff and pupils of the school for the goals they have set and the objectives that they have accomplish­ed.

Pictured with Thando are (from left) Mrs K Naidoo (HOD), Mrs F Syed (Spelling Bee Convenor) and Mrs N Bhagwandin (Deputy Principal).

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Mpophomeni High School.

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