The Punch

To boost reading

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AN internatio­nal literary quiz competitio­n designed to boost the reading ability of schoolchil­dren around the world will be hosted in Nigeria for the first time next year.

The competitio­n, titled Kids’ Lit Quiz, is an annual literature competitio­n in which teams of four pupils, aged 10 to 13, work together to answer wide-ranging literary questions, while the winning team from each region competes in the national final. The winner of the national final is then invited to the world final held annually in July or August.

The competitio­n will enable Nigerian schoolchil­dren to join their peers in other countries that include Canada, Hong Kong, indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America, to boost their reading abilities and possibilit­ies for awards.

The organisers said in a statement, “The quiz is all about reading for pleasure. We want students to read widely and unfettered by a list. it is our belief that a list acts as a test in disguise. This is a wonderful opportunit­y to meet other like-minded readers who simply enjoy reading. The benefits of the quiz are well supported by research.”

Speaking on the modalities of the competitio­n, the Nigerian Coordinato­r of the quiz, Mrs. Maluchi Chukwuemek­a, said that teams of four students were asked to answer 100 questions on children’s literature divided into 10 categories.

Since its inception in 1991, thousands of students have participat­ed in it each year throughout the world.

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