TWELVE students from, Edo, Enugu, Gombe, Kaduna , Lagos and Plateau States, have successfully emerged regional winners at the completed the 3rd edition of Lafarge Africa National literacy competition, organised in partnership with the Ovie Brume Foundation in the six geopolitical zones.
The twelve regional winners will hitherto strive to emerge as winner of the competition at the Grand Finale, in Lagos, November 17. The annual competition, which engages students from public primary schools across the country in activities that measure and enhance their ability to read, write and spell correctly, also features literacy test, essay/summary writing and spelling bees to evaluate their reading abilities. Commenting on the success of the competition so far, the group MD/CEO Lafarge Plc, Michael Puchercos described the visible excitement of the participating pupils and their schools, thus; “This is a clear demonstration of motivation to succeed.
This organisation will continue to provide support and interventions in education as part of its focus area for social investments to demonstrate commitment to building a stronger Nigeria.” Concurring, the Chairperson, Ovie Brume Foundation, Ms. Evelyn Oputu, said; “I am delighted at the positive impact so far recorded through implementation of this national initiative. The last three years has brought out the best in the children in terms of building their confidence, competitive spirit, greater knowledge and cognitive skills, including the ability to handle pressure. I say this because when our children have the right literacy skills, they develop a strong sense of individual well-being and citizenship, which stimulates the foundation to be contributors to economic development.”