To boost read­ing

The Punch - - CLASS ENGLISH -

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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