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Background  

AfriGrowth Foundation believes that a child without good education is indeed a liability to the community (society) and that the ability to read is the foundation of a sound education. Every child must become fully competent in reading to succeed in school and discharge even basic responsibilities as a citizen. This brought about the implementation of the Library Literacy Program, which was designed to encourage the “back to reading culture” especially in underserved communities and reawaken a slumbering reading culture in Nigeria, through the provision of library facilities and other supportive systems. Since the inception of the Library Literacy Program in 2012, the Foundation has established 41 Libraries in primary schools located in underserved communities in FCT Abuja, Nassarawa State, Ondo State, Kwara State and Delta State; and donated over 80,000 story books to date. The Program has impacted the lives of over 45,000 pupils; improving their reading skills. AfriGrowth Foundation periodically organizes reading competitions to assess the impact of the Library Literacy Program and create an avenue for major stakeholders to interact closely with the school children.

About the Competition   

Based on the current COVID-19 era, which has brought about temporary closure of schools, AfriGrowth Foundation is pleased to present the Dayo Keshi Literacy Prize for Children Storytelling. AfriGrowth Foundation affirms that storytelling is one of the most effective ways of developing literacy by improving oral language, reading comprehension, and writing. Because of the interrelated nature of the processes involved in reading and writing, storytelling is an effective pedagogical strategy that can be woven into instructions to increase children’s competencies in all areas.

The Dayo Keshi Literacy Prize for Children Storytelling will engage school children, currently staying at home and offer them the distinctive opportunity of improving their creative thinking, writing and reading skills via storytelling. The school children will develop a short story, which they will tell or read in a captured video that will be uploaded via the Foundation’s designated Twitter handle. The competition is open to children aged eight to ten years old, resident in Nigeria.

In the first edition of this free-to-enter contest, school children are invited to develop a story based on one of the following themes:

  1. The most important thing I’ve done while at home during the COVID-19 period;
  2. The things I miss most about school; and
  3. Why I love reading storybooks.

The word limit for a story is 500 words, which should be told or read by the contestant and captured on video within a time limit of 3-5 minutes. The competition opens for entries on August 1, 2020. The deadline for submission is the midnight of August 15, 2020.

Competition Guidelines   

Please carefully read the guidelines below to ensure that your story is correctly entered into the Dayo Keshi Literacy Prize for Children Storytelling.

  • The competition opens for entries on August 1, 2020. The deadline for submission is the midnight of August 15, 2020.
  • Every story entered into the competition must be solely written by a child who is between 8-10 years old, and either resident in Nigeria, or of Nigerian nationality.
  • Stories, which must be an original work of the contestant, should not be more than 500 words and based on one of the themes.
  • The themes for the first edition of this competition are:
    • The most important thing I’ve done while at home during the COVID-19 period;
    • The things I miss most about school; and
    • Why I love reading storybooks.
  • Each contestant will read or tell the story in a captured video within a time limit of 3-5 minutes. The video will be posted on the AfriGrowth Foundation designated Twitter Handle.
  • In the video, the contestant would introduce self, class, school, age and title of the story, before reading or telling the story.
  • Parents can assist in preparing the contestant(s) for the video presentation.
  • Entries are free and limited to ONE per contestant
  • There will be an online voting exercise on all social media handles for the best 40 entries. The top 20 entries from this voting exercise will move to the final stage of assessment.
  • Winners and finalists will be notified through emails or phone calls by August 31, 2020.
  • The results of the Competition will be published on our website on or before August 31, 2020.

How to enter the Competition   

    • Read the Competition Guidelines.
    • Develop a short story of not more than 500 words based on one of the themes.
    • Read or tell the story in a captured video within a time limit of 5 minutes. Ensure to follow the introductory process.
    • Upload the video on the AfriGrowth Foundation designated Social Media Handle:
    1. Facebook: AfriGrowth Foundation
    2. Instagram: @afrigrowth00
    3. Twitter: @AfriGrowth
    • Ensure all entries are submitted between August 1, 2020 and midnight August 15, 2020.

Prizes   

Prizes will be awarded to the best stories, which will be posted on AfriGrowth Foundation website and all social media handles. All digital publication will have the full names of the winners and their respective schools.

The prizes for winners will be:

  • 1st Place Award: Cash prize of N25,000.00, School Bag, Storybooks and Hamper
  • 2nd Place Award: Cash prize of N15,000.00, School Bag, Storybooks and Hamper
  • 3rd Place Award: Cash prize of N10,000.00, School Bags, Storybooks and Hamper

There will be consolation prizes of school bags and storybooks for the 4th to 10th position. The winners will each get a Certificate of Achievement from AfriGrowth Foundation. All winners will be enrolled in the AfriGrowth Foundation special workshop for story writing, under our Learning Resource Center.

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