BY PRECIOUS CHIDA
THE National Schools Quiz Championships (NSQC) is set to launch its debut Zimbabwean edition later this month after Marist Brothers Nyanga lifted the trophy during last year’s edition of the biggest televised schools quiz competition last year.
Organisers of the local edition, Alpha Media Holdings (AMH), are calling on interested schools to register for participation before June 20.
The championships, which started in South Africa for schools from around the world competing for university scholarships in 2011, will be unveiled on the local scene through a partnership between AMH and Heart and Souls Broadcasting Services.
Speaking to NewsDay Life & Style yesterday, Heart and Soul station manager Ian Venganai (pictured) said the competition would be held at both provincial and national levels.
“Students will have to participate in the provincial trials in September, so as to qualify for the December finals in Harare,” he said.
“The competition is open to all schools, that is, from primary to secondary schools. They must register a maximum of four teams per school.”
Students that qualify at national level would proceed to the Sadc and world championships.
NSQC country manager, Tariro Chirewa, said following Marist Brothers Nyanga’s win in last year’s world championships, they saw it fit to have a local version of the competition.
“We are so proud to say the trophy was won by our Zimbabwean students at an international competition, therefore, we saw it fit to launch NSQC Zimbabwe,” she said.
Chirewa said their main bid was to showcase Zimbabwean talent to the world and bring more trophies home.
The first NSQC world competition secured Marist Brothers students scholarships to Pearson Institute and top universities such as Yale and Harvard in the United States.
Venganai said the competition is meant to encourage academic excellence in all parts of the world.