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Chris Igbokwe Foundation Offers NCE Scholarship To 20 IDPs In Abuja



By Blessing Otobong-Gabriel

Management and board members of Chris Igbokwe Foundation at the weekend stormed Internally Displaced, IDPs, camps in Abuja to extend hand of assistant to the most vulnerable in the society, mostly from Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States.

The team led by president of the foundation, Chief Chris Igbokwe, who expressed shock over the general conditions of the camps, promised to equip the only hospital in the camp with medical items to reduce the incessant loss of lives to communicable diseases.

Chief Igbokwe, who offered scholarships to 20 IDPs to obtain National Certificate in Education, NCE, at Grand Plus College of Education, Ilorin, also gave 40 IDPs free skill acquisition training, as well as donated food items, financial support and a generator to power their boreholes.

He appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to help those living in IDP camps, noting that “you don’t need to be a politician to help people. Those IDPs need to be given better training for them not to be used as objects of national destabilisation,” he said.

Also, patron of the foundation, Sir Mike Obienyi reassured Nigerians on the readiness of the foundation to complement the effort of government in training more youth and women with relevant skills and empower them enough to add positive value to the nation.

Obienyi said the Chris Igbokwe Foundation, which is in partnership with God, was committed to making a better life out of millions of vulnerable youths and women.

In his remarks, the chairman of WAASA IDP Camp, Abuja, which has over 5000 IDPs, Mr. Joefry Bitrus thanked the foundation for the kind gesture, especially the free NCE scholarship and skill acquisition programmes, begged the federal government to do more in bringing peace to their local communities so that they could go home.

The occasion was graced by the national leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, WAANSA Nigeria, Arewa Women Assembly and the management of Grand Plus College of Education.

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Literacy: Group Organise Spelling Bees Competitions For Northern Schools



Mariam Sanni

In a bid to promote Literacy in the Northern part of the country, a group known as Educand Education Initiative, EEI has organised a NorthCentral and Northeast regional SPELLand THRILL Intervention competition.

The President of EEI, Ayotunde Ikulamberu , explained that the spelling competition which started in 2012 in Ondo is for primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.

According to him, the competition has increased to 25 states and FCT across the South East, South South and North Central/Northeast.

While addressing journalists in an interview at the event, he said that the competition is aimed to refocus and encourage students to showcase their hard work outside the classrooms environments.

He added that the extra curricular activities goes a long way in helping the students.

“ For us is a platform for us to reengineer to refocus and to bring up students both primary school pupils and secondary school students to be able to showcase their level of hard work and diligent outside of the classroom environment .

“Now we understand that the school has their own curriculum, weather we like it or not the extra curricular activities such as this competition will help .

According to him, the SPELL and THRILL which has been in existence for 10 years also had a UNESCO endorsement in 2017.

He explained that the UNESCO endorsement is based on media and literacy information which is suppose to educate populace, the parents, students, teachers.

“SPELL&THRILL! is an annual intervention based spelling competition organized for both private and public, primary and secondary schools in Nigeria. SPELL&THRILL! brings whole families together thereby helping to break intergenerational low educational and literacy skills. This has endeared SPELL&THRILL! as the leading literacy project of the new generation.

“As a corollary, in the year 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) considered SPELL&THRILL! as an indubitable platform for the integration of the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Curriculum into Nigerian schools’ curriculum.

“UNESCO’s MIL curriculum is designed to combat the propagation of hate speech, fake news and terrorism while fostering proper use of the internet, intercultural dialogue and cohesion among citizens. The curriculum is also geared towards helping teachers become more pragmatic towards their role as educators in this regard.

Meanwhile, two regional winners emerged:
Saviour Onazi of Trophies International School, Minna, Niger State and Nwannadi Precious Chizaram of NUT Endwell Model Science School, Minna, Niger State.

For the 7th edition of the competition, the participatory schools in the Primary Schools category are: NECO Staff School, Niger state, Universal Kingdom Academy, Kogi state, Trophies International School, Niger State,and early Strides Preparatory Schools, Abuja.

Also for the secondary category are: Unique High School, Abuja, Living Spring International College, Abuja, and Universal Kingdom Academy, Kogi.

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