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Nasarawa to represent Nigeria in world spelling bee competition in Dubai

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The Executive Director, team Head, KRP, FEMA Foundation for education and migration awareness Kaneng Rwang- Pam has said Nasarawa will represent Nigeria in the forthcoming spelling bee competition both in the junior and senior categories in Dubai.

Kaneng while presenting the award to the champions on Friday at the Deeper Life high school conference hall along kwandere road, Lafia said one person each from both categories will emerged champion to travel to Dubai to compete with other countries in the world in September this year.

She said the competition is in partnership with Peat Philips foundation (PPF) Franchise Owners of Dubai
International continental spelling bee competition, (ICSB) saying the objective is to create communication skills among young people to win and Loss and to know that even when they don’t get some things right they have opportunity to learn and to know that every failure is not failure but feed back.

Kaneng also disclosed that the NGO is to promote education in Nigeria adding that for some years now they have been able to take children to the US to compete in the streets competition and some to the UK to learn broadcasting and communication in general.

“So we are advocating for quality education as a result of the SDGs 4 which is about promoting quality education not just across the country but across the world, so we are making our own contribution in Nigeria.” She said.

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Nasarawa to represent Nigeria in world spelling bee competition in Dubai

She further stressed that they will work for the demand of quality education which is the schools pupils, teachers and the supply aspect which is policy making in terms of assisting government to review educational policy and proffer solutions to partners.

“To improve the quality of teaching, we are using the English language as our module to promote education as part of SDGs goal 4, we learn articulation to communicate well in the society, the students have learnt part of speech and many other English words that would assist them in the future.” She added

Rwamg- Pam used the opportunity to solicit support from the state government and stakeholders in the state to support the winners of the competition as it is the first time a champion will be emerging from Nasarawa state to represent Nigeria at the international level of Spelling bee.

Our correspondent gathered that from the junior category, Umar Abdullahi Umar of the PTA NADP Nursery and primary School Lafia emerged the champion and from the senior category marvelous Udo of the Springfield Oasis College Lafia, was also crowned champion as both winners now have the opportunity of competing with other spellers in Dubai by September 2021.

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Speaking earlier, the executive chairman SUBEB, Mr. Mohammed Dan- Azumi who was ably represented by Mr Ibrahim A Echi, Director Academic Service during the opening ceremony of the spelling bee competition said it is as a result of lack of proper foundation in education giving to young people growing up that leads to the present insecurity challenges we are bedeviling the country, adding that the beginning of education is from the lower basic, middle basic and upper basic which he said would encourage young people to put in their best even in the reading capacity instead of using computers.

He also appreciated the organisers of the spelling bee competition describing it as impressive having noticed the intelligence of participants during the spelling presentation and other segments of the competition.

It is on that note that the Chairman said even though SUBEB focuses on the provision of infrastructure, instructional material and training of teachers.

“In the component of training of teachers, the board would put in its best to ensure that the best training are giving to teachers that will now train the pupils in the spelling bee that would go along way in improving their foundation.” He added

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“it is not the matter of the 20th centuries education which is the utilization of the computers, if you don’t know spelling the computer itself can not be commanded, and if you force the computer to input your wrong spelling it will not function effectively you must have the knowledge the reading culture must be in build in the children”

In the area of government intervention, Mr Muhammed is appealing to the state governor Engr. Abdullahi A.Sule to use some of his prerogative funds to assist some of these programmes for pupils because some of them he said are the children of the have not and some are very intelligent.

“in the international communities where we have engineers that are producing airplane, most of the electrics gadgets are children of the have not that produced them, all we need to do as government is to sponsor this kind of children to go and learn how to couple and recouple equipments. And children of this level if they are sponsored by government, the sky will be their limit.” He stated.

He therefore advised the children and the organisers not to Loose hope because it is the beginning of their educational pursuit, “the spelling learners should keep on encouraging themselves to get their career.” He said.

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Global experts, Politicians, others set for SPCC 70TH Anniversary

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Politicians in Nigeria, experts in different parts of the world, religious leaders, traditional rulers and members of the organized private sector will participate in the 70th Anniversary Celebration of one of the best secondary schools in Nigeria, St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

‘’St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe has made great achievements in the past 70 years. Therefore, Saturday, October 16, 2021 is a day of celebrating SPCC’s past, recognizing individuals who have made remarkable contributions and sharing old memories’’ a statement issued in Aghalokpe by the Chairman of SPCC 70th Anniversary Organizing Committee, Chief Kingsley Omokri said.

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The statement announced Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17, 2021 as the date of the 70th anniversary celebration.

Global experts, Politicians, others set for SPCC 70TH Anniversary

The statement listed the building of a proper college gate, interlocking of the college roads, rehabilitation of all the college laboratories, senior staff quarters and construction of a brand new IT Centre as major projects of the SPCC Old Boys Association.

’SPCC development stories have set an example for other associations in Delta State’’.

The statement emphasized the achievements and contributions that the Old Boys Association made in the past.

It pointed out that the Old Boys Association in the immediate past rehabilitated the college hall, junior staff quarters, chapel and the college administrative building (principal’s office, staff room and library,

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ANSPOLY Holds International Conference, as UNIZIK VC Describes Those Who Rig Elections as Political Illiterates

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By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

Anambra State Polytechnic (ANSPOLY), Mgbakwu, in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State recently at the school’s auditorium held a Physical and Virtual Multi-disciplinary International Conference with Theme: Knowledge, Technology And Innovation for Africa’s Transformation in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Arts, Science, Social and Management Research (CAASSMR).

In her opening remarks, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr (Mrs.) Nneka Mefoh said the institution had her maiden International Multidisciplinary Conference in the year 2019 and was adjudged a good outing, noting that the opened their eyes to the corporate character of the members of the Polytechnic community.

She said that they worked tirelessly to ensure that the second conference met the global academic conference standard, stating that they had presentations and panel discussions, on various issues, workshops and other interactive sessions that would fill their intellectual appetite.

The ANSPOLY Rector announced that they had twelve NBTE-accredited departments in four schools at the National Diploma (ND) level and that the Polytechnic was currently preparing for the visitation for the approval of more programmes particularly the Higher National Diploma (HND) Programmes, adding that they had the list of programmes and other information on their website.

Dr Mefoh said that as a young institution birthed in 2017, though it was formerly a monotecnic, that had achieved a lot in terms of standards, the NBTE accreditation JAMB, TeTFund enlistment and most recently, the allocation of TETFund intervention funds as for other polytechnics.

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ANSPOLY Holds International Conference, as UNIZIK VC Describes Those Who Rig Elections as Political Illiterates

She thanked God for His mercies and Governor Willie Obiano for the efforts to make the institution great in the face of the global economic meltdown, the construction of access road from Awka to the Polytechnic and ongoing construction of internal roads had actually given them the push to invite people to the institution.

‘All hands were on deck, with all doggedness [even when the problem of dearth of funds was a critical challenging factor], the academic, technical and non-academic staff worked together in one mind to make sure that the conference was a success.

‘Indeed, it was a good one. With all the enthusiasm, we all dreamt of greater 2020 conference which did not hold eventually, due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged so many parts of the world,’ she said.

Dr Mefor stated that over ninety abstracts were received from scholars all over the world and that in view of the post COVID challenges in education, the conference was held in a hybrid form, appreciating God for modern Information and Communication Technology which she said, made it possible for people to attend conferences from the cool comfort of their rooms or offices.

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The ANSPOLY Rector noted that academic conferences were necessary symposia that encouraged researchers to be committed to their work, emphasizing that epoch innovations were made as a result of the inventive minds and that reasons for attending academic conferences included, but was not limited to presentation of results of research work carried out in various fields, networking among researchers for future collaborations, multicultural interaction and socialization exposition to cutting edge research, visiting other terrains, relaxation away from the challenges of work overload and unending list of issues ‘seeking urgent attention’ and many others.

‘This time around, we included a pre-conference workshop that prepared attendees for the conference proper. The theme of this year’s Pre-conference workshop was “The mid-point between Academic Research and a Technologically-driven Economy” anchored by an erudite scholar, Professor Chris Ezeibe from the UNN.

‘The paper carefully identified the mid-point and ‘married’ academic research and our dream economy. We are very sure that the participants learnt a lot and should be ready to put that into practice in their various endeavours,’ ANSPOLY Rector said.

She continued: ‘inasmuch as research work was not exclusive right of the academia, you can agree with me that academics that commit to research have a lot to offer the society. In our world today, technology has proved to be a boon to so many nations.

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‘Polytechnic education has a technological emphasis and is very practical in nature and that is why we are striving to keep on bringing scholars together for academic and practical interactions which we hope will eventually yield the desired fruits for the betterment of our society, especially Africa.

‘Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu has an agricultural background being an offspring of the erstwhile Anambra State College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu, as such we have recorded so many researches in the area of agriculture by the members of the academia in our community. The other disciplines found in the Polytechnic are not left out ad they are striving for the top of their fields.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Charles Esimone while presenting a keynote address described all those involved in election and political malpractice as illiterates, saying that there was no way Africa would move forward with people he said, mortgaged their future and that of those around them just for immediate gains.

‘Africans are backwards because of these individuals. They care less the masses. All they are concerned about are their pockets and nothing more,’ he said.

The Public Relations Officer of ANSPOLY, Chukwuanu Sunday Okagbue, Anipr anchored the event and the Master of Ceremony.

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QRC, Onitsha Global Alumnae Association Awards Scholarships to Winners of Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs, Trainers

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By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

The Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha Global Alumnae Association (Old Girls) led by Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okose, USA (Global President, QRC Alumnae Association) last Tuesday at the College’s Chapel presented a Cheque of One Million Two Hundred and Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Naira (1,212,500) to the seven winners of the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs, conducted by the University of Delaware in the USA.

Addressing the beneficiaries, Dr Okose who was represented by Dr. Felicia Ejamike, President, QRC Alumnae, Onitsha Chapter expressed gratitude to God for the gift of her Alma mater as well as the former and present students of the college, noting that she was impressed with their performance.

‘I call you “Alpha Team” because of your stellar performance, of placing in the first position globally, has launched our alma mater, Queen of the Rosary College (QRC), Onitsha, as well as Nigeria and the entire continent of Africa into a Global Platform of Excellence. All are proud of you, especially those of us who passed through this noble citadel of learning. You have proved that excellent students from institutions, like QRC, can change the world positively.

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‘On behalf of Umu Q Alumnae Global, I congratulate you all. We stand with you on this landmark achievement. Kudos to you all! Today, we bestow on you with honor, gratitude, respect and academic scholarships for the rest of your stay in QRC.

‘May our Almighty Father guide you through your journeys in life, and nurture you spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically. May our Mother Mary, Queen of the Rosary, continue to intercede on your behalf. Through her, you will continue to succeed.

QRC, Onitsha Global Alumnae Association Awards Scholarships to Winners of Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs, Trainers

‘To your mentors and all the teachers who laid the foundation to this success, we say, Thank you. Our Sister Principal, Sr. Maria Chijioke Nwankwo, we celebrate you too. Again, Congratulations to the Alpha Team,’ she concluded.

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Presenting the cheques, the two Members of the QRC Alumnae Education Trust Fund Committee, Mrs. Rosemary Nnamdi Okagbue and Hon Lady Ngozi Okoye joined by other Alumnae charged the winners as well as the students to work harder and focus on their academic pursuits, emphasizing that hard work pays.

Mrs Okagbue and Lady Okoye who took their time to offer different renditions to the highly elated winners and students stated that they were in their alma mater to celebrate excellence, hard work and dedication, urging the beneficiaries not rest on their oars, saying that their journey to stardom had just begun.

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Welcoming the Old Girls, the Principal of the College, Reverend Sister Maria Chijioke Nwankwo (IHM) thanked the QRC,Onitsha Global Alumnae Association for their thoughtfulness, assuring that the gesture would spur the beneficiaries on do more exploits, even she prayed God bless and replenish their purse abundantly.

Contributing the Vice Principal (Admin), Mrs Ogbughalu Eucharia corroborated the Principal by appreciating the Old Girls what she described as noble gesture worthy of emulation.

The two mentors of the awardees, Mr. Onuigbo John Chukwubuikem and Mr Obikwelu Kyrian Sochima received 140,000 Naira each as school fees cover from the QRC, Onitsha Global Alumnae Association

Names of the beneficiaries are as follows:
1. Stephanie Chinonyelum Anozie
2. Rita Chinenye Iheator
3. Vivian Chisom Iwuno
4. Sandra Onyinye Mgbafulu
5. Stephanie Mmesoma Nnaji
6. Rachael Amara Okechukwu, and
7. MaryJane Chidimma Okoy

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