A Zimbabwean A’ Level student has won the 2012 Sadc Secondary Schools Essay Competition worth US$1 500 after defeating competitors from 13 other countries.
Terrens Muradzikwa (17), a Lower Sixth pupil at Nyanga High School in Manicaland, was yesterday presented with a certificate and US$1 500 cash prize by Angolan Vice President Mr Fernando da Piedade Dias Dos Santos at a ceremony attended by regional leaders at the ongoing 32nd Sadc summit.
Mr Piedade Dias Dos Santos was representing President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, the outgoing Sadc chair, who could not make it to the summit owing to pressing commitments in his country which has impending elections.
Muradzikwa, who was accompanied at the awards ceremony by his mother, Mrs Catherine Muradzikwa, beat the other competitors by scoring an impressive 78 percent.
Elijah Tsheko from Nata Secondary School in Botswana came second after scoring 68,33 percent, narrowly edging Magdalena Tuwilika Antoninu of Namibia who was third on 68 percent.
The two received US$1 000 and US$750 respectively.
The annual competition has become a fixture on the education calendar of secondary schools in the region and focuses on issues that have a bearing on the lives of the people of Southern Africa.
The 36 competition entrants wrote on the topic: “Liberation movements came into being across the entire African continent as a political response to colonialism. In southern Africa, liberation movements spearheaded the fight for freedom and national independence through political, diplomatic and military means. Discuss the role of liberation movements in southern Africa in the struggle for independence, focusing on their origins, challenges and achievements during the liberation struggle, their ascendancy to government and their transformation into ruling parties.”
Muradzikwa wrote on Zanu-PF of Zimbabwe, Frelimo of Mozambique and the ANC of South Africa.