Kalonga scoops 1st Prize at the 2018 Inter-schools Quiz

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Kabwe’s Kalonga Secondary School has scooped this year’s inter-schools World Environment (WED) Day Quiz top prize of K15,000 of educational materials, courtesy of Kagem Mining Limited.

The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) quiz, which was first introduced in 2015 and co-sponsored and supported by Kagem Mining Limited, has grown to include schools from three provinces: the Copperbelt, Central and Lusaka.  This year, 12 schools participated, with one from each province making it to the final round televised on ZNBC TV1.

Luanshya Boys Secondary School, which represented the Copperbelt, came in second, receiving K12,000-worth of materials; and in third place was Kamwala High School, representing Lusaka Province, with K7,500 of educational materials.

This year the focus was on finding solutions to “Beat Plastic Pollution” in order to achieve a green world.  Every year, an estimated 5 trillion plastic bags are used globally and 1 million plastic bottles are bought every minute. Plastic makes up 10 percent of all waste generated with at least 13 million tonnes of it ending up in the oceans-the equivalent of a full garbage truck being emptied every minute. In the last decade alone, more plastic was produced than in the whole of the last century and 50 percent of the plastic is single-use or disposable.

“Kagem is proud to be part of a community that is seeking to effect positive change through informing and shifting young mind sets with regards to environmental stewardship. This is the fourth year running of the quiz and we are amazed at the eagerness and passion in the young people who participate,” said Kwanga Miyanza, Kagem Manager – Safety Health Environment and Quality.

Mr Miyanza added that the quiz complemented national efforts to “Make Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy”.

Mr Richard Mwamba, patron for Kalonga Chipembele Environmental Club and Secretary for the Kabwe chapter of the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia,  said; “The quiz-made the students read a lot and do research.  What they have learnt from their reading, from the quiz, they are being encouraged to implement that; we are arranging a meeting where they can share their experiences with those that remained at school. We are very happy and we thank Kagem Mining for that.  It will go a long way and with the K15,000 we are going to buy a lot of learning materials, which are not only going to help pupils who are in Chipembele club but the school at large, for instance we intend to buy a printer which can help print test materials for the children.”

Mr Mwamba further noted that with such programmes, and in time, mindsets can be changed so that the pupils are aware and develop knowledge of taking good care of the environment; starting with a few and spreading that knowledge to others.

Kagem mine’s own sustainable environmental practices has in the past earned it the “Green Award-2017” from ZEMA. For example, in terms of sustainable water management, the mine has a fully operational reverse osmosis plant for potable water treatment. All its domestic consumption is fed through the plant.


One Response to Kalonga scoops 1st Prize at the 2018 Inter-schools Quiz

  1. Happy for my school

    Bishop Gilbert Siame
    January 1, 2019 at 9:16 am

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