Lagos wins Lafarge, Ovie-Brume literacy contest in South West zone
In the regional final, which saw pupils from primary schools across the six states in the region lock horns, the Lagos State team consisting of Ageni Joseph of Ifeoluwa Primary School, Agege, and Amos Hameedah of St. Agnes Primary School, Maryland, showed class in the essay/summary writing and spelling bees contests, which the competition features.
Their efforts earned them the ticket to represent the zone at the grand finale of the competition slated for Lagos on October 20th, 2015.
The contest, now in its second edition kicked off with the first regional phase in Port Harcourt two months ago, and subsequently moved to other geo-political across Nigeria.
Commenting on the initiative Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lafarge Africa Plc, Peter Hoddinott, reiterated the company’s commitment to promoting academic excellence among primary school pupils across the country, and creating opportunities for them to sharpen their literacy skills, build self-confidence as part of developing a concrete future for themselves.
According to Hoddinott, “Education is the bedrock of development of any country and the gateway to success in life. This is why we are keenly investing in creating these opportunities where Nigerian children will be given the needed support to help them realise the potentials in them and achieve excellence. We recorded remarkable success from the first edition and with support from our Lafarge Friends of Community, which acts as a fulcrum for the participation of our individual members of staff.
Executive Director of Ovie Brume Foundation, Mrs. Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, emphasized the need for platforms such as the literacy contest to ensure that our children are at par with international standards of reading and learning.
According to her, “Methods of learning and pronunciation have evolved and there has arisen the need to adopt new global standards for our children to be competitive.”