St Charles College takes Gold at the Mondi-WESSA Enviro-QuizGeneral

St Charles College won the 2016 Mondi-WESSA environmental quiz, hosted by UKZN’s Dr Gueguim Kana.St Charles College won the 2016 Mondi-WESSA environmental quiz, hosted by UKZN’s Dr Gueguim Kana.

In a thrilling neck-and-neck finish, St Charles College edged out defending champions, Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, to take gold at the annual Mondi-WESSA Inter-school Enviro- Quiz held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 5 August 2016.

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) is actively involved in the promotion of environmental awareness amongst school pupils. Dr Gueguim Kana from UKZN’s Discipline of Microbiology opened the function with a warm welcome and inspired the contestants with his well-wishes.

This year, teams from all over South Africa competed in the finals of this prestigious inter-school environmental competition.  Travelling from as far afield as Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, as well as Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and various parts of KZN, competitors enjoyed a fun-filled yet challenging evening of questions, with the audience getting involved as well. 

As in previous years the Enviro-Quiz included questions on insects, larger animals, birds, the marine environment and indigenous knowledge.  General knowledge questions ensured that teams had to have a well-rounded background to Planet Earth’s life-supporting eco-systems including fresh water, air, food and biodiversity. 

After the quiz, teams visited WESSA’s Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve near Howick.  Adventure activities such as rock-climbing, field-work studies and bird-watching enabled new knowledge to be gained and friendships to be made. 

‘It is a privilege for UKZN to host this important event, that nurtures South Africa’s next generation of passionate environmentalists,’ said Kana.

Joelle Penniston