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Rivers Wins 2013 Spellbound Africa Competition

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Rivers State has won
the national finals of the 2013 Spellbound Africa Spelling Competition. The Rivers State representative, Olivia Okechukwu from the Community Secondary School, Egberu-Ndoki in Oyigbo Local Government Area, beat contestants from other 11 states to win the trophy.
The Spellbound Africa Spelling Competition is  for children between 10-15 years old. The winner of the competition, Olivia Okechukwu said winning the competition was a dream come true. Olivia Okechukwu stated that the victory would spur her up to achieve greater things in life. She also expressed gratitude to God for giving her the victory.
Spellbound Africa is a competition designed to challenge children studying in Africa, to learn new words and recognise them by sound, definition and etymology in an informal environment.
In this competition, children between 10 and 15 years old show their ability to spell English words randomly selected from a prior-circulated wordlist .The objective is to help each participating child learn and use at least 1000 new words each year, thereby developing effective communicators who will do their country and Africa proud in future.
The facilitator of the programme Ifeanyi Ogbu, said the competition was for children studying in  the English speaking African countries remarking that the children were given six months to study the manual before the competition.
He noted that teachers would compete in the competition next year. Ifeanyi Ogbu also commended the Rivers State Government for his commitment and passion for Education especially  in the provision of adequate infrastructure for learning in the state.
Also speaking,  a teacher at the Community Secondary School, Egberu-Ndoki, Mrs Umerah Peace praised her student, Olivia Okechukwu for winning the competition. She attributed Olivia Okechukwu’s success to her hardwork and dedication in studying the manual throughout the long vacation.
The final of the 2013 Spellbound Africa National Competition took place at the Ambassador Nne Furo Kurubo Model Secondary School, Eleme.
In February 2012, the Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi promised a well organised spelling competition as had never been seen in the state in a move to encourage healthy reading habits in the children.
The Commissioner for Education stated that the State Government has invested so much in the sector to enable the pupils and students to have a bright and fulfilled future.
“We have invested in quality education to provide you with life skills that will enable you prosper later in life. Skills that enable you lead a healthy quality existence, grow into a resourceful and socially active adult and make cultural, political, scientific and economic contributions to your communities and the Nation” she stated.
Other winners at the competition  are Ayegbusi Olaoluwa from Lagos State and Chukwu Victory from Oyo State.

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Ikpeazu Charges Stakeholders To Sustain, Improve Gains Made In Education

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has challenged the state’s Ministry of Education to rise to its co-ordinating responsibility that will build stronger synergy amongst major stakeholders in the education sector.
He said the synergy must align with the global vision of producing children capable of being society’s desirable leaders of tomorrow.
Ikpeazu who gave the charge during a meeting with education managers in the state at his Aba Lodge identified capacity building, conducive learning environment and harmony among the education stakeholders as the leading factors toward the vision of bequeathing qualitative education for Abia children by his administration.
He noted that the setting up of the Continuing Education Center for teachers training, renovation of about 700 classroom blocks, the building of four model schools, procurement of smart boxes to enable Abia State Universal Education Board (ASUBEB) startup with the digital teaching platform for Abia children were all aimed at equipping school children for their future endeavours and enable them compete favourably with their peers.
The Governor also disclosed that plans have already been concluded to establish a Garment Factory within the year in addition to Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory which will produce uniforms and shoes for school children
He described them as motivations towards realising and sustaining high public school enrollment which the State’s School Feeding Programme has achieved.
He also reminded the stakeholders of the need to adopt innovations and technological ways of teaching that will expose the children to the current and dynamic learning trends of today’s world, adding that education is a pillar and enabler to any career which his administration recognised and adopted even to the point of formalising artisanal shoemaking.
Contributing, the Deputy Governor, Sir Udo Oko Chukwu expressed appreciation to the Governor for the immense interest he has shown towards improving the education sector which he described as a paradigm shift to the global challenge, and encouraged the education stakeholders to complement these efforts by restructuring the school system of the state.

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Anambra Begins Recruitment Of Primary School Teachers

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Anambra State Government has commenced recruitment of 500 teachers into primary schools across the state to enhance teaching and learning.
Chairman, State House of Assembly Committee on Basic Education, Hon. Ejike Okechukwu disclosed this at the House of Assembly complex in Awka during an interactive session between the committee and Head Teachers in Aguata Local Government Education Authority.
He explained that the recruitment exercise would fill the gap created by primary school teachers who had retired from active service and improve the standard of primary education in the state.
He assured that all challenges outlined by the Head teachers hindering the progress of primary schools across the state would be tackled to the barest minimum to ensure the upliftment of education standard in the state.
Okechukwu encouraged the teachers to remain dedicated to duty and shun all forms of sharp practices that could portray the state in bad light.
Reacting, Education Secretary, Aguata Local Government Education Authority, Lady Ijeabalum Obi commended government’s performance in education sector.
She explained that the meeting offered the teachers and the committee the opportunity to brainstorm on ways to sustain the state’s legendary performance in education and tackle issues bordering on teachers welfare.
In a vote of thanks, Mrs. Ebere Nwankwo from Eziagulu Primary School, Ekwulobia appreciated the committee for living up to expectations, pledging the teachers’ preparedness to follow the lawmakers’ directives.

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Educationist Wants Early Introduction Of Art To Learners

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Director of Studies at Pampers Private School and Rainbow College, Dr. Olayinka Oduwole, has said Art should be introduced to children in the early years as it aids physical, cognitive, and behavioral developments.
Oduwole in a statement made available to The Tide, said Art was a creative expression that nurtures the imagination and allows children to externalise their feelings.
To celebrate Children’s Day this year and improve learners artistic skills, he said the  learners of Pampers Private Schools and Rainbow College published a joint e-book titled, “A Collection of Stories by Pampers Private School and Rainbow College.”
“Through painting, sculpture, collage, music, dancing, acting, clay, drawing, or any other medium, art is a way for children to work through emotions,  make decisions, and express their ideas. It should be introduced to children in the early years to aid physical, cognitive, and behavioral development. When children work together on art projects, they interact and share with their peers. This collaborative work promotes social learning.”
He explained that  children who performed arts regularly had been noticed to control their emotions and expressed the same in productive ways.
“Manipulating art materials provides children with a sense of freedom while encouraging focus and concentration, this informs the rationale for the promotion of art education and creativity as the bedrock of Rainbow College curriculum plan and implementation,” he said.

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