Grantham Scholars share sustainability messages with schoolchildren in Zimbabwe

Grantham Scholars teach sustainability to schoolchildren in Zimbabwe.

Our Tinashe Mawodza and Patience Muchada led a session for 40 science and geography students at Macheke High School.

Patience Muchada and Tinashe Mawodza.
Patience Muchada and Tinashe Mawodza teaching school children about sustainability.

The pair introduced the class to the work of the Grantham Centre, before explaining their own research projects. And they then set out how their work can help to create a more sustainable world.

Tinashe’s research: crops and drought

After giving some context on the global water crisis, Tinashe explained how crops can be modified to become more resilient to drought.

Tinashe then talked about his own research into the effects these modifications have on root development and soil structure.

If you want to know more, then you can read Tinashe’s project page.

Patience’s research: chicken supply chain

Patience’s talk was on challenges in the chicken supply chain. She explained how she is working on ways to bring together data about each step of the process, so that food can be produced in a safer and more sustainable way.

If you want to know more, then you can look at Patience’s project page.

Teaching sustainability to schoolchildren Zimbabwe
Grantham Scholars and schoolchildren at the school in Zimbabwe

They were joined at the event by Rumbidzai Audrey Mashavave who recently graduated with a Masters in Public Health in International Development from the University of Sheffield.

Grantham Scholars training helps them talk sustainability to schoolchildren

The event was organised by Tinashe and Patience as part of the Grantham Scholars Training Programme, which is designed to give sustainability PhD researchers the skills to talk about their research with non-experts.

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The main image shows Patience giving her presentation at Macheke High School.

Edited by Claire Moran.