The winners from left Greater Mubaiwa, Ashley Mutamba, Rutendo Demi, Natasha Bamhare picture courtesy of Mr Pasi
By Tapiwa Marume
The Environment club at Mufakose 2 High together with Munharaunda Edutainment (MEET) organized a memorable beauty pageant that was held at the school on the 30th of November.
The beauty contest was held under the theme ‘Our environment, our future, our responsibility’ drew participants from organizations which include the Harare City Council’s Social Services department, City Health Department and Bird Life Zimbabwe.
Also present were former students and members from the Junior Council, Hon. Tinevimbo Motsi acting Minister of Environment Hon. Chikomborero Zambuko who is the acting Minister of the Harare Metropolitan Province.
The major business of the day saw contestants in colorful apparels cat-walking before a panel of four female youthful adjudicators. The contest had four different categories: day wear, contemporary/urban funk wear, traditional wear and a final question and answer segment where the models’ knowledge about environment related issues was put to the test.
In addition to the ‘glitz and glamour’ of the event various representatives from participating organizations used the opportunity to educate the audience which consisted largely of ecstatic students about important environmental issues such as conservation, personal hygiene, water treatment, waste disposal and the importance of a clean environment.
Sister F Nyika (City Health Department) in her presentation pointed the dangers of a poorly maintained environment which in some cases leads to illnesses, among the noted diseases included Typhoid. She also emphasized the importance of treating water from all sources before consumption stressing that prevention was better than cure.
A representative from Bird Life Zimbabwe explained the importance of conserving wet lands as they play an important role in purifying water. He encouraged the community to quit building and practicing urban farming activities on wet lands.
Mrs Shamhu is a Geography teacher at Mufakose 2 High and also the Environment Club’s patron said that it was their first time at the school to organize such an event. An elated Mrs Shamu said that they were working with school leavers from the community to push the clean environment agenda forward. She also highlighted that the environment provided avenues for income generating programs for anyone interested.
“A student can collect and sell waste paper for recycling and that brings money. I was at an event called Green Expo organized by the Sunshine organization and I learnt that schools in Ghana were running whole industries from waste paper. It was an eye opener, something that we regard as not useful and we depose of it. Schools in Ghana are making charcoal and newsprint from waste paper and they’re making money from that and we want to do the same,” she said further.
Out of twenty plus girls who confidently took part in the pageant only four were selected as winners. Rutendo Demi (Form 3) was crowned Miss Environment 2017, Natasha Bamhare (Lower 6, Arts) came second as the first princess and Ashley Mutamba (Form 3) took third place, she was crowned third princess. The Miss Personality title was swooped by Greater Mubaiwa also doing Form 3.
Entertainment was provided by the soulful Mufakose 2 High Band and an unidentified all boys dance group from the school.
Norman Jesinawo (Director, MEET) a former student at the school said that winners would receive hampers from sponsors Farai pampers and Spar Mufakose. Belo City Foods will give free lunches to the winners and local hair salon Mother Five will do free hair dos for the girls. Justice for Children and Gwarimba Youth Affirmative were part of the event.