CLIMATE change Shona novel Kunze Kwasunama written by Benson Gono is set to be introduced in schools as a way to promote environmental awareness.
BY TEDDY MKWESHA
The book will be in schools after it has been translated into three other local languages: Kalanga, Tonga and Bemba.
The book is already available in Ndebele.
The book is targeted at school- children as the drivers of information dissemination.
“Negotiations are already underway with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to have the book in schools. We are just waiting for the book to be translated into other vernacular languages.
“If it reaches schoolchildren, I know that this information will reach the adults because schoolchildren will then engage adults and relay what they would have learnt in a simplified way,” said Gono.
Born on February 7, 1969 at Morgenster Mission Hospital in Masvingo, his father Benson (senior) worked as a journeymen printer and mother Jemina worked at Morgenster Mission Post Office.
Gono attended Morgenster Primary school from Grade One to Seven before moving to Chibi Mission in the same province for Junior Certificate.
He was to transfer to Mufakose 1 High School in Harare where he did his Ordinary Level education and later enrolled at Chipindura High School in Bindura for Advanced Level.
On completion of high school, Gono worked as a temporary teacher at Mukai High School in Highfield from 1989 to 1991 before enrolling at Harare Polytechnic to study for a Library Science Certificate in 1992.
In 1993 he joined Time Publication which published Sport Times Magazine as a cadet reporter before joining Environmental and Development Activities Zimbabwe as an information officer in 1994.
Gono was to join Econet Wireless 1998 as a customer care executive where he worked for two years before moving Hurst Media in the year 2000. He left the company in 2001 and joined the United Nations World Food Programme as a public affairs assistant.
In a continuous search for greener pastures, Gono moved to Print Originators, now Art Corporation, as a senior sports reporter for Sport Kick Magazine. In 2010 the company restructured and Gono chose to go on voluntary retirement.
Since then Gono has been working as a media consultant and has been a freelance writer focusing mainly on sports and environmental issues and has been a member of the Zimbabwe Environmental Journalists’ Association from its formation.