Mponda Primary School from Zomba emerged 2014 champions on Sunday in the Blue Band National Growth Challenge Quiz which was organised by Unilever Malawi.
The finals, which involved four primary schools namely, Chibavi from Mzuzu, Namiwawa from Blantyre and Chatuwa from Lilongwe took place at Grace Bandawe Conference Centre in Blantyre.
The pupils answered questions in English, Mathematics, Science and Nutrition and Health and apart the quiz master Geoffrey Kazembe, there were also judges and monitors who officiated the quiz.
For becoming champions, Mponda received the grand prize of school materials valued at MK 1,000,000 while Chibavi who scooped second slot received MK250, 000 worth of school materials of their choice.
On position three there was Namiwawa while Chatuwa anchored the quiz.
The quiz team members from Mponda Primary also went away with school bags, drinking bottles, four exercise books, a ruler and a pencil.
Unilever Country Director for Malawi Chikondi Ng’ombe said he Blue Band National Growth Challenge was one way for the company to give back to the community, saying while kids were preparing for the quiz, they had an opportunity to study and deepen their knowledge.
“Considering that this is the first time it’s been done, we are happy to do it. It’s not merely about promoting the brand. It’s more about giving back to the community,” she said.
Unilever Malawi Customer Marketing Manager, Wongani Vikhumbo congratulated Mponda for being crowned champions and urged the pupils to continue work hard in school.
Vikhumbo said as Unilever Malawi they were satisfied with the competition and promised to come again next year.
She said Blue Band play an important role in children’s growth and development and that is why they launched a nutrition awareness campaign called Blue Band National Growth Challenge.
“The National Growth Challenge under the Growth Meter campaign was aimed at educating children on the nutrition benefits of blue band as well as eating a balanced diet in a fun and exciting way,” she said.
Vikhumbo said, the activation reached a total of 57,563 students enrolled in the 32 schools that were visited.
She also said the challenge also provided entry boxes, growth meters, nutrition guide posters and 2 activation days where games and edutainment was provided to the students of all 32 schools.
Speaking on behalf of the schools, Mponda Primary School head teacher, John Gondwe, thanked Unilever for the competition which, he said, promotes education and good nutrition among students in the country.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :