New West wins quiz competition

2014-05-20 00:00

THE annual inter-school quiz contest sponsored by the MJ Naidoo Foundation for Social Justice was won by host school New West Secondary last Saturday.

“There were 60 teams competing,” said principal of New West Secondary, Inba Naidoo. “It’s the fourth year we have run the quiz. It is based on a United Nations theme, this year is the International Year of Family Farming, so it was an environmental quiz.”

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF-2014) aims to raise the profile of family farming and shareholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development, particularly in rural areas.

The schools placed first, second, third and fourth in the quiz received cash prizes of R5 000, R3 000, R2 000 and R1 500 respectively. Kingsway High School came second, Crescent Girls’ High School was third and Kloof High School came fourth.

The MJ Naidoo Foundation was established in 2007, in memory of activist MJ Naidoo. A member of the Natal Indian Congress (NIC), Naidoo participated in the Passive Resistance Campaign of 1946-1949 and was later a member of the Youth Congress and student leader at the University of Natal. He was involved in the Defiance Campaign of 1952 and the organisation of the 1955 Kliptown Congress of the People. In 1984 Naidoo made world headlines when he and five other activists — Archie Gumede, Mewa Ramgobin, George Sewpersahd, Billy Nair and Paul David — sought refuge in Durban’s British Consulate to avoid detention without trial.

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