Chikomba West MP and Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro provided awards with a difference for Marondamashanu Secondary School Prize Giving Day.
He gave them hens and goats for their prizes arguing that this was a worthwhile investment as hens and goats are going to multiply and be there for a long time if the winners look after them well.
He gave the prizes at the school’s first ever prize giving day last Friday. Marondamashanu was established in 1984, Christmas Mabhidhi said.
“Education is the key to a better life so you must work hard in preparation for your future life. You must showcase the talents that you have, which can also change your lives,” said Mangwiro.
He also said the goats and hens would foster self-reliance amongst the pupils at a tender age.
“Goats and hens reproduce and the pupils can sell them to get money for school fees and other needs,” he said.
One of the organisers of the event, a former student, Leonard Chibamu said the prize giving ceremony was organised to motivate pupils and their teachers so that they work harder for better results.
Chibamu, a filmmaker and a Police officer based in Harare, said he is striving to improve the learning environment at the school.
Marondamashanu Primary and Secondary Schools have enrolments of 376 and 307 pupils respectively. The Anglican-run schools are in Dzvova Village under Chief Nyoka.
Present at the ceremony were Chief Nyoka, several heads and teachers from surrounding schools and Chivhu Police Station Officer in Charge Richard Masiiwa who is a former student.
Prominent local film ‘Wenera’ actors Zolile Makheleni (Tsotsi) and Tinashe Pundo (Gugu) were also present.-Mirror