The inaugural edition of the district competitions for the newly formatted National Youth Games has been held in Chipinge with participants from 190 schools competing for selection in at least 24 disciplines.

The district annual science, sports and arts festival registered an overwhelming response from schools and the public with solid performances characterising most acts.

Sporting activities, music, dances, poems and science exhibitions were among the major highlights of a colourful festival that seeks to identify and nurture talent in over 24 learning areas in line with the new educational curriculum.

Acting district schools inspector Isaiah Masona says the hosting of a successful festival combining science exhibitions, sports and arts is an important milestone in the implementation of the new curriculum.

He, however, said there is need for more corporate support to grow the festival.

The successful hosting of the festival at district level will be followed by the hosting of a provincial science, sports and arts festival before the hosting of a national one that seeks to nurture young talent.