THE finals of the first aid competition organised for schools by the St John Ambulance Association of Zimbabwe will take place today at Tree of Life in Ruwa.
The final edition of the competition has drawn participating schools from Harare, Matabeleland and Manicaland provinces.
Clara Murambiwa, the schools co-ordinator for St John Ambulance, said the competition was being organised so as to equip school pupils with first aid knowledge at a younger age.
“We decided to hold that competition so that children will know how to perform first aid at a young age,” she said.
The competition will also help equip first aid clubs at schools “to perform first aid sometimes when they go [for] sports”.
“When competing in various sporting competitions such as football, netball and atheletics, participants sometimes may sprain a leg, hence we want them [pupils] to be able to perform first aid on such injuries.”
Churchill Boys High School will represent Harare province after beating 11 other schools at the provincial competition staged at St John in Emerald Hill last week.
Participants from the school are optimistic that they will manage to upstage the other competitors and land this year’s national first aid championship.
One of the students from Churchill, Cuthbert Nyamanegiri, said: “It is because of hard work and team spirit that we managed to beat other schools and above all, we were very confident.”
He said he was delighted that his school had made it to the finals and added that he was confident that together with his colleagues from the school, they will be crowned the national champions today.
Meanwhile, Kurai Primary School will represent Harare in the primary schools edition of the competition.
Murambiwa said that only schools from three provinces will participate because that is where St John operates from.
However, plans are afoot to involve other provinces in future editions.
“If all goes well, we would want to accommodate schools from all the province in the first aid competition,” Murambiwa said.