Sophie Chese-Msowa Cool Lifestyle Correspondent
Murewa High School on Thursday commemorated the Earth Hour day which educates people on the importance of taking care of nature.
A lot of activities from dramas, dance and poetry took place at the school to raise awareness on preservation of natural resources.
The event saw the pupils planting fruit trees.
Murewa High School headmaster led pupils in planting exotic types including orange and avocado trees.
Green Ambassador and Earth Hour champion, Dereck Mpofu, who graced the event performed his song about the beauty of the country and its nature titled “Chisikana Changu Zimbabwe”.
Teachers and pupils applauded his great performance before the musician joined them in planting trees and also urged the young people to take arts and music seriously.
Pupils from Murewa High School and Hurungwe Secondary School exhibited so much talent in all the activities they participated in.
They proved that there is a lot of talent in schools that only need to be nurtured.
Murewa High School’s play educated people on the advantages of planting fruit trees – how people benefit from the fruits health wise and how they help in providing oxygen?
It also touched on how rural people are quick to point out that someone is using juju when they see one making it in life.
The play also educated people on planting both indigenous and exotic fruit trees.
In an interview on the sidelines of their play, Murewa High School drama patron Wellington Bhunu said they are happy that their pupils are now appreciating the art, saying only the lower forms used to participate in those activities but now even the A- Levels are now taking part.
“We are happy that now our students are enjoying these art activities because they used to think that dramas and other art activities were for the lower forms. The other thing was that parents used to discourage students from taking part in such activities saying it will disturb their children from studying,
“The problem is not yet over. We still have those parents who are still discouraging their children and our plea is for them to allow and encourage their children to take part in these activities since we now have a number of people who are making a living out of arts,” he said.
He also highlighted that the pupils enjoy the art since they are given a theme and come up with their own scripts.
“We do not impose the scripts on them because when we do that they lose interest so we just give them a theme and they come up with their own script. What we only do is then perfect those scripts,” he said.
He also highlighted the need for those educative dramas to be done in a way that is humorous for everyone to grasp the theme.
Murewa High School, through the senior master Mr Farirai Mugadza, vowed to continue preserving the natural resources they have.
“We believe in preserving what we have so that future generations will also appreciate this heritage,” he said.
Earth Hour campaign and World Wide Fund for Nature Zimbabwe spokesperson Charity Mbirimi said they are working with two schools in Murewa to make sure that people are educated on the importance of planting fruit trees.
“We have chosen two schools in Murewa – Murewa High School and Hurungwe Secondary School – in making sure that the communities are educated on the importance of taking care of nature and also planting fruit trees,” she said.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, towards the end of March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.
It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide.
Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.