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Epworth community outreach launch a success
October 14, 2013
12 2013 left an impression on the minds of those who witnessed the
official launch of WIN-Zimbabwe’s Epworth Outreach programme
at Domboramwari High School in Epworth.
poetry recitals and readings by students and, at times, their principals,
attested to the reality that Epworth got talent.
Guest of Honor
Aaron Chiundura Moyo, an actor, script writer and accomplished Shona
novelist, gave a profound speech before he declared the outreach
officially launched. He then, on behalf of WIN, handed over booklets
of stories and poems as a gift to the twelve writers’ clubs
said new writers are fortunate these days because they now have
more opportunities to meet established writers than his generation
had when they started writing in the 60’s and 70’s.
He gave tips
on various elements of writing style and the importance of using
a language that one is comfortable with.
is a gift but education helps sharpen the gift and opens the mind,”
he told the new writers. The booklets which were donated to writers’
clubs feature some of Glen 2 High Writers Club members and other
children from Hope Centre, Snake Park centre for disadvantaged children
and Faith Ministries in Mbare who took part in a project done last
year by Centre for Development of Women and Children (CDWC) in collaboration
Glen View 2
High Writers Club, led by Mr. I Chirumbwana and Bethel Academy Writers
Club, led by Mr. Freedom Gengezha, attended the launch in support
of Epworth and did well to inspire their friends who returned the
love with outstanding involvement.
Muchuri and established writer Memory Chirere, who are also secretary
and executive board member of Zimbabwe Writers Association respectively,
and Mrs. Chipo Muvezwa of the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust which
is sponsoring the outreach programme, also graced the occasion.
read from a story called 'Mwana' from his book Tudikidiki while
poets Tinashe ‘Mutumwapavi’ Muchuri, Simbarashe Jongwe,
Bernard Sibanda and Elias Dzenga gave polished renditions of their
Shona poems, leaving the students clamoring for more.
said the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe supports the work of individual
artists, associations, or schools. She said in the literary sector
her organization is currently working with various organizations
such as WIN, the Zimbabwe International Book Fair, Harare City Library
and Bulawayo Public Library with the aim to grow platforms for interaction
of arts activities in Zimbabwe. She said it is important to note
that established writers are humbling themselves to find time to
be with new writers in Epworth and such humility cannot be taken
The superb embodiment
of poetry by primary school pupils particularly from Makomo and
Chizungu Primary schools had everyone touched by the power of their
confidence and fluency.
WIN also gave
a summary of the outreach programme, saying it will conduct writing
skills training workshops and competitions with the aim to produce
a mixed anthology. However, WIN emphasized that interest in writing
is an ingredient of growth for an aspiring writer.
association announced that it will name its writers clubs after
the names of Zimbabwean writers but said it will first consult relatives
of writers in the case of those departed and also talk to heads
of schools to get proper endorsement for this worthwhile naming
The launch could
not have carried the joy that it had without the 6energy it was
given by the emcee Princess Sibanda who made everyone feel the pulse
of the launch.
colleges represented at the launch were Domboramwari High, Kubatana
Primary School, Young Africa Academy, Bethel Academy (from Budiriro),
Chizungu Primary School, Muguta Secondary School, Epworth High School,
oxford Academy, Epworth Methodist Academy, Bilaal Islamic Academy,
Makomo Primary School and Glen View 2 High.
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