“The competition is part of Lafarge’s contribution to bridging the literacy gap in Nigeria which is essential to the continued development of our nation.”
This was how the Director of Communications Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, Lafarge Africa Plc, Mrs Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, responded to the introduction of
Creative Writing Assessment to the company’s Annual National Literacy Competition, the fifth edition in the series.
Speaking during a national planning meeting for stakeholders, held in Abuja, yesterday to flag-off activities for this year, she explained that the Competition engages pupils from public primary schools across the country in activities that measure and enhance their ability to read, write and spell correctly. It also features literacy tests, essay/summary writing and spelling bees to evaluate their reading and writing abilities.
“It is being done in a bid to both improve the quality of the competition and make Nigerian pupils more competitive with their global counterparts,” she said.
At the meeting, Mrs Bolanle Ishola, Director of Academic Services at the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC), commended Lafarge for sustaining the competition over the past 5 years and promised UBEC’s support for the competition.
On her part, the Head of Programmes for Ovie Brume Foundation- who are the implementation partners on the project, Mrs Adeola Awogbemi, said the addition of creative writing was to improve the quality of the competition from other years.
It was also disclosed at the stakeholder national planning meeting that the grand finale of the 2018 edition of the competition will happen in Abuja. The stage is now set for its commencement following the hugely successful meeting.