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Tynwald sees a ray of light in the midst of a storm

ByEconomic Times

Oct 19, 2022

Tynwald High School students who represented Zimbabwe at the Global Robotics Challenge in Geneva, Switzerland scooped a gold medal amid dark time as fellow pupils who perished in the Nyanga Road accident were laid to rest.

This year’s Global Challenge was held under the theme ‘Carbon Capture’, focused on finding climate solutions to reduce the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere by augmenting natural processes or creating new technologies.

Zimbabwe emerged first in a tightly contested event featuring 183 countries, as they produced solutions to climate change problems using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem).

The robotics team was comprised of Tynwald High School students, Micheal Mukwakwani, Makanaka Chimiso, Tanatswa Charemba and Marlon Chipfakacha who were coached by senior master and computer science teacher Mr Charles Matanga.

Speaking to the press upon arrival from Switzerland, Makanaka Chimiso said, “First of all, as a team we want to dedicate this precious and prestigious win to our fellow learners who succumbed to the horrific accident that claimed some of our school mates.”

Michael Mukwakwani echoed the same sentiments adding that upon hearing about the tragedy back home the team was on the verge of not competing but the Authorities urged them to compete and bring the trophy back home as they could do anything through Christ who gave them strength.

Team member Marlon Chipfakacha added that, “It is a tough time for us, but we would like to thank our coach and the school for making us be able to travel to all the competitions that we had till we triumphed at the world stage.”

The Harare school put in hard yards for the global showcase as they had come fourth at the continental competition early in July.

“It was an eye opener, we had to work hard and put in extra hours in order to perfect our craft and as you can see, we came out victorious because of our determination,” Matanga said

Tynwald Schools board of governors chairperson, Ms Florence Mabungu said the win was bittersweet as we are having very muted celebrations after the recent tragedy.She further said as a school they were still mourning and could only find solace and comfort in God who gave them strength in their hearts and portions qouting Psalms 73:26.

Charles Matanga, the national robotics coach, said, “As a discipline we have invested in artificial intelligence and science in line with the 5.0 education system that was introduced by the government. We want to train school children to create jobs and not to be job seekers. We believe the future of any nation depends on science.”

According to Matanga, teaching of robotics in schools should be expanded in the country including in rural schools to ensure innovation and skills development.

“Currently, very few schools are teaching robotics in schools and it is high time this issue of robotics is taken to government schools as well,” Matanga said.

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