Winners of AfriGrowth Foundation Reading Competition
AfriGrowth Foundation developed the Library Literacy Program to reawaken the slumbering reading culture in school children, 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 across Nigeria.
AfriGrowth Foundation periodically organizes reading competitions to assess the impact of the Library Literacy Program in the primary schools and create an avenue for major stakeholders to interact closely with the pupils. So far, the Foundation has organized reading competitions in four area councils in FCT Abuja, namely AMAC, Kuje, Gwagwalada and Bwari, where it has established school libraries. The 1st Edition of the FCT Abuja Reading Competition was designed to involve bringing together 80 students from all the Local Education Authority (LEA) primary schools in Abuja, where the Foundation has established school libraries with 40 students from the hosting school. Pre-contest exercises were organized in the 4 area councils, which resulted in the 8 finalists; with 2 LEA primary schools representing each area council.
The 8 finalists participated in the 1st Edition of the FCT Reading Competition, which held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Junior Secondary School, Jabi. The primary schools were LEA Primary School Sabon- Lugbe and LEA Primary School FHA Lugbe (in AMAC); LEA Primary School Pegi and LEA Primary School Shetuko (in Kuje Area Council); LEA Primary School Passo and LEA Primary School Estate (in Gwagwalada Area Council); LEA Primary School Azhayapi and LEA Primary School FCDA Kubwa (in Bwari Area Council).
The panel of six judges was composed of distinguished professionals from the Australian High Commission, Federal Ministry of Education, FCT Education Resource Centre City Library, Association of Nigerian Authors and African Independent Television. The FCT Abuja Reading Competition ended with a good endorsement from the audience as the participating pupils performed brilliantly. The event was keenly contested as the participating pupils representing their respective schools exuberated excellent reading skills. At the end of the day, Roobiah Abubakar, representing LEA primary school Shetuko, from Kuje Area Council emerged the winner of the 1st Edition of the AfriGrowth Foundation FCT Abuja Reading Competition. The presentation of gift which was done by the President of AfriGrowth Foundation, Mrs. Dayo Keshi, and assisted by Susan Cash, Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Danger, President, Association of Nigerian Authors and Mrs. Oly Sanni, Executive Director, AfriGrowth Foundation. All participants were awarded medals, certificates of participation, school bags, exercise books and storybooks. The winning school was given a trophy and storybooks supply for their school library.
The successful completion of the event and outcome of the evaluation conducted afterwards clearly shows that the competition is whole-heartedly accepted by the schools and key stakeholders. It was also observed that through the reading competition, apparently children ability to read could be greatly enhanced.