Students from six secondary schools with Gorongosa Youth Clubs received Academic Marathon Awards for their essays on conservation and the environment.
Academic Marathons give students a taste for reading and writing, involve students in socially-distanced academic activities, and encourage them to think about environmental conservation.
Due to Covid-19, the Academic Marathons took place in two phases and involved social distancing. Nearly 285 students – 153 girls and 132 boys – from six schools with Youth Clubs wrote essays about environmental conservation in Mozambique.
A total of 30 students – five per school – were selected for the second round and wrote essays about water pollution, uncontrolled burning and the indiscriminate cutting of trees.
Each of the first and second place winners from each school will compete in the finals at the end of November in the Gorongosa District under the theme of ‘OUR FUTURE, IS TODAY!’
Secondary schools participating in the program include Eduardo Mondlane, Cristo Rei and Nelson Mandela in the Gorongosa District; Metuchira and Nhamatanda secondary schools from the Nhamatanda District and Inhaminga secondary school from Cheringoma District.