FIVE primary schools from across the country will battle it out in the national heritage quiz finals slated for today (Friday) at Mutare Museums.
The event is an annual contest in commemoration of the International Museums Day which is celebrated on May 18 every year.
The five competing schools are drawn from five administrative regions of National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe.
These are, John Cowie (Eastern Region), Gutu United (Masvingo Region), Warren Park 4 (Northern Region), Mpumelelo (Western Region) and Cecil John Rhodes (Central Region). The competition will be held under the theme: “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.”
NMMZ eastern region marketing officer, Lloyd Makonya, said it was all systems go. “We are ready to host yet another potentially-intriguing contest where five top schools will be competing in the finals. We are looking forward to host yet another exciting edition,” he said.
The competition aims to improve awareness, understanding and appreciation of national heritage by pupils in an entertaining manner. The quiz competition also promotes the use of museums as education resources by schools, a move which will help students grasp the concept of heritage studies enshrined in the new curriculum of the ministry of primary and secondary schools education. In last year’s event which was held in Gweru, Madyangove Primary School came out tops, while Mt Mellary Primary School of Nyanga was runner-up.