mr happison muchechetere.jpgThe media will continue to play an important role in disseminating information that is important for the protection and conservation of the environment, especially reduction of veldt fires that have wrecked havoc throughout the country at this time of the year.

 

The 2010 National Schools Debate Final on Environment concluded on Friday, with Goromonzi High School scooping the overall performance for moving the motion, while Bulawayo’s Dominican Convent received overall performance for moving a motion against the debate topic.

 

Speaking at the debate finals, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Happison Muchechetre said the media should continue playing a pivotal role in the reduction of veldt fires which have become a cause for concern.

 

This year alone 13 people and 20 elephants have died as a result of such fires, while 400ha of land have been destroyed together with property valued at thousands of dollars.  

 

“The ZBH has the National FM radio station which broadcast in more than 17 languages in a move aimed at spreading information throughout the country.

 

“As a national broadcaster we will continue giving priority to environment stories by assigning producers and reporters to cover such stories.”
 
Environment and Natural Resources Management Minister, Cde Francis Nhema, who commended the schools for taking part in the environment debates as a way of educating the public on the effects of veldt fires, said government will apply educational campaigns and law enforcement as well as penalties to reduce the devastating effects of veld fires.

Harare Metropolitan Province Governor, Dr David Karimanzira commended the corporate sector for supporting the debates, saying such information on the protection and conservation of the environment is important if the war against veldt fires and deforestation are to be won.

The topic for the debate was: “Environmental education and awareness and not law enforcement and penalties is the answer to the reduction of uncontrolled veldt or forest fires in Zimbabwe.”

 

The schools national environment debates which started months ago were held throughout the country resulting in four schools – Dominican Convent and Luveve High schools from Bulawayo, Goromonzi High School, St Faith High School – qualifying to the finals.