Malawian Schools battle it out in Blue Band contest

post was last updated: November 25, 2014

Unilever on Saturday hosted four primary schools from across all the regions of the country in the company’s Blue Band National Growth Challenge quiz contest which was held at the Grace Bandawe Conference centre in Blantyre.

The competing schools included Chatuwa LEA School from Lilongwe, Chiwavi Primary School from Mzuzu, Mponda Primary School from Zomba and Namiwawa Primary School from Blantyre.

Mponda Primary School emerged the winner at the end and went away with a cash price of K1 million. On second place was Chiwavi Primary School which carted home K250,000. The remaining two schools got complimentary prices of T-shirts, notebooks, drinking bottles and more.

The students answered questions in English, Mathematics, Science and Nutrition and Health and apart the quiz master Geoffrey Kazembe, there were also judges and mentors who officiated the quiz.

Unilever Country Director for Malawi Chikondi Ng’ombe said he Blue Band National Growth Challenge was one way for the company to give back to the community, saying while kids were preparing for the quiz, they had an opportunity to study and deepen their knowledge.

“Considering that this is the first time it’s been done, we are happy to do it. It’s not merely about promoting the brand. It’s more about giving back to the community,” said

Ng’ombe.

She promised that the challenge will continue in the years to come.

Speaking on behalf of the schools, Mponda Primary School head teacher, John Gondwe, thanked Unilever for the competition which, he said, promotes education and good nutrition among students in the country.

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