Whiz leaner wins award in climate contest

The brilliant Njabulo Dlamini showing off his trophy and certificate. Photo: Sipho None.

A Krugersdorp High School learner has won the 2017 Climate Change Scholar competition in the midst of strong competition between the learners of Gauteng.

Njabulo Dlamini, a quiet and intelligent 18-year-old Grade 11 learner who lives in Munsieville, ended head and shoulders above the rest, and for his efforts, he brought to school a “glass trophy, a wonder bag and a certificate”.

The contest entailed designing a poster and showing why climate change is not conducive for humans and also engaging in a debate on the subject. The learners were also requested to use nuclear energy as part of the project.

The whiz learner Njabulo Dlamini showing off his glass trophy and certificate while school principal Ivan Bailey and the coordinating teacher Elsa Minnaar look on. Photo: Sipho None.

Njabula’s mentor and the coordinating teacher, Elsa Minnaar, was happy for the brilliant learner. According to her, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development approached the school about the competition, and two learners from the school were selected.

“The school management just new that Njabulo would come out tops when he was selected from our learners. He is such a quiet and intelligent boy, always on top of his work. He is one of the best learners in our school and I knew that he would do our school proud in this competition,” she said.

“He did not show any sign of pressure or anxiety when implementing the project, and he was able to not only complete his school work, but also to concentrate on his project. We are happy for him and we hope that he will go on to represent our school well in future scholar competitions,” she added.

Part of the competition include a debate on climate change, and enthusiasts from Sci Bono attended the event, where learners were judged based on their presentation and articulation of the project. Njabula designed a collage wherein he showed the effects of climate change on the universe.

Mogale City Local Municipality, Thoriso Masonganye, Assistant Manager for Air Quality Control, played a role in the build-up to the competition. She said the municipality, through her department, assisted the leaner throughout the process.

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