States Square up for La­farge Lit­er­acy Con­test Fi­nale

THISDAY - - EDUCATION -

All is set for the grand fi­nale of the fourth La­farge Africa na­tional lit­er­acy com­pe­ti­tion, where 12 stu­dents from Plateau, Kano, Ondo, Edo, Gombe and Anam­bra States will bat­tle for the cov­eted prize.

Each of the six states is rep­re­sented by two stu­dents that won at the re­spec­tive re­gional fi­nals in Oc­to­ber.

Pub­lic school stu­dents from the 109 se­na­to­rial dis­tricts in the coun­try took part in the com­pe­ti­tion which eval­u­ates their read­ing, es­say/ sum­mary writ­ing and spelling abil­i­ties.

The Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Pub­lic Af­fairs and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, Mrs. Fo­lashade Am­brose- Medebem, said the com­pe­ti­tion seeks to touch lives of di­verse peo­ple in a sus­tain­able way and the com­pany is pleased with the pos­i­tive im­pact it has made in the past four years.

“Over 2,700 pub­lic pri­mary school stu­dents took part in the com­pe­ti­tion. Over 200,000 pri­mary school pupils across 244 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas have been im­pacted since the com­pe­ti­tion be­gan in 2014.”

She said the com­pe­ti­tion is one of the ini­tia­tives of La­farge Africa Plc to sup­port gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in im­prov­ing the stan­dard of English Lan­guage in pub­lic pri­mary schools, adding that it is in line with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy, the 2030 plan, with the am­bi­tion to en­hance the qual­ity of life for all.

“The 2030 plan is grouped into four pil­lars: cli­mate, cir­cu­lar econ­omy, wa­ter and na­ture as well as peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties. The lit­er­acy com­pe­ti­tion falls un­der the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties pil­lar.

Miss Faith Toun- Ag­bai and Has­san Ye­sufu, win­ners of the South- south re­gional com­pe­ti­tion will be rep­re­sent­ing Edo in the up­com­ing fi­nale. Ac­cord­ing to them, “the com­pe­ti­tion has im­proved our spelling, read­ing and writ­ing; this makes us feel we can still achieve our goals. We will like to thank La­farge Africa Plc for spon­sor­ing this com­pe­ti­tion.”

Pri­mary school pupils be­tween the ages of nine and 13 years are the main tar­get of the com­pe­ti­tion, which is or­gan­ised with sup­port from the re­spec­tive State Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Boards (SUBEB) and the Ovie Brume Foun­da­tion, La­farge Africa’s im­ple­men­ta­tion part­ner.

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