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Schools Arts Sports & Science Festivals At A Glance

by Kenneth Moyo |

A growing number of Schools Arts, Sports and science festivals (SASSAF) are now taking place across schools in Zimbabwe. The SASAF are intended to be a platform for pupils to show their talents in sports, arts and in academic. Mabhukudwana primary school held their five-day SASSF program which ended on the 31 of March

Schools Arts, Sports and science festivals are intended to be a platform for pupils to show their talents in sports, arts and in academic


 Mabhukudwana primary Grade 2 students

During the festival, pupils from grade 0-7 participated in science displays. The main purpose of science displays is to empower participants with practical and theoretical knowledge, as well as experience to become (better) science show creators and/or performers. Participants worked in groups to carry out experiments and they presented their experiments in front of parents, teachers and other fellow students.

SASSF is in the framework of the new curriculum. According to Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora the new curriculum, saying it is going to open up opportunities for Zimbabweans to be skilful and not just be mere academics. He also said it was good for people to be academic, skills and other dimensions fulfilled in the updated curriculum would also make learning easy for pupils.

SASSAF displays are not competitive programs,” said Mr Bango, Mabhukudwana headmaster. “They are activities carried out by students to show parents, teachers and other fellow students what they have been learning or just to show their talents.”

The new curriculum is work in progress thing said the Mr Bango. Pupils are continuously accessed and SASSAF is one way to assess pupils under the new curriculum.

Zimbabwe has been using one curriculum since 1980. The feeling is that the curriculum lacks practical skills training, known as psycho-motor. The Nziramasanga Report carried out in 1999 recommended a review of the education curriculum to incorporate psycho-motor skills.


Schools Sports and Science Festivals: At A Glance

by Kenneth Moyo |

The Schools Annual Sports and Science Festival are one of the most trending activities in Zimbabwe’s schools this year. It provides an amazing competitive environment for students from all over the nation to showcase their talents in academic, sports and arts.

SASSAF is an event where by student showcase their talents in science, sports and in arts”

SASSAF is an event where by student showcase their talents in science, sports and in arts, said Mrs K Nkomo, Nkulumane High SASSAF organiser. Mrs Nkomo said the SASSF program starts at school level and then we go on to cluster level, district level, provincial level and then final national level.

During the first term students participate at school level and cluster level and the second term they go on to district level and provincial level.

Mrs Nkomo said, “The new curriculum emphasizes on hands on, no student is said to be dull. We portfolio each student so that when they finish school they have at least one thing that they have achieved from school.”

Figure Nkulumane High School student display WUSHU

The events lined up for sports displays up included Dram Majorettes, Soccer for girls and boys, Basketball for boys and girls, Net ball, volley ball and Rugby.

In addition to conventional games, there was Wushu. Wushu is a Chinese martial art. It was one of eight sports being considered for a single spot in the 2020 Olympics. In May 2013 the IOC decided to drop wushu from the shortlist. Another vote to add a sport onto the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program in June 2015 found wushu short listed with another 7 sports, but again it was dropped from the list.

Wushu is both an exhibition and full-contact sport, derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. Wushu competitions are generally divided into two disciplines- taolu (forms) and sanda (sparring). Wushu is a sport developed in China in the 1940’s. The goal was to standardize the practice of traditional martial arts. Wushu actually means martial arts in Chinese: Wu means military or martial, and Shu means art.


  1. https://www.newsday.co.zw/2017/02/23/dokora-comes-defence-new-curriculum/
  2. http://www.topendsports.com/events/summer/sports/wushu.htm
  3. http://thezimbabwean.co/2017/02/statement-zimbabwes-new-school-curriculum/