SECOND EDITION OF THE AFRIGROWTH FOUNDATION FCT ABUJA READING COMPETITION
AfriGrowth Foundation believes that a child without good education is indeed a liability to the community (society) and that reading is the foundation of a sound education. This brought about the Foundation’s Library Literacy Program, which is designed to reawaken a slumbering reading culture in Nigeria, through the provision of library facilities and other supportive systems. Since inception 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 in the primary schools.
The second Edition of the FCT Abuja Reading Competition, which held on Thursday June 13, 2019 at Education Resource Centre, Zone 7, Wuse, involved all the Local Education Authority (LEA) primary schools in Abuja, where the Foundation has established school libraries, specifically in 27 LEA primary schools. Pre-contest exercises were organized in the 4 area councils where the Foundation has established school libraries, which resulted in the 8 finalists that participated in the event: 2 LEA primary schools representing each area council. The participating primary schools were: LEA Primary School Azayapi and LEA Primary School Kubwa I (Bwari Area Council); LEA Primary School Gosa Sarki and LEA Primary School Alugu-Lugun (AMAC); LEA Primary School Estate and LEA Primary School Tunga Maje (Gwagwalada Area Council); and LEA Primary School Tukpechi and LEA Primary School Bamishi (Kuje Area Council). The panel of five judges was composed of distinguished professionals from the Board of Directors, AfriGrowth Foundation, Universal Basic Education Commission, FCT City Library, National Library and Sabipedia, a learning platform.
It was an exciting time at the Multi Choice Hall, Education Resource Centre, Zone 7, Wuse, where the second Edition of the AfriGrowth Foundation FCT Abuja Reading Competition was held. Victory Ojonoma Isah, representing LEA Primary School Estate in Gwagwalada Area Council, emerged the winner. All contestants were given certificates alongside medals, branded AfriGrowth Foundation exercise books and storybooks. The winning school, LEA Primary School, Estate was given a trophy. Mrs. Dayo Keshi, President, AfriGrowth Foundation, assisted by Mrs. Saliat Bolanle Isola, representing the Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, presented the awards and certificates to the contestants. Mrs. Dayo Keshi applauded the contestants and pupils for their outstanding participation and told them that they are all winners. She encouraged all the pupils to believe in themselves at all times, as that is the recipe for success in life.