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We Are Poised At Upgrading Facilities In Our Schools

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Ogun State Government has said it will not renege in its efforts at upgrading school facilities in order to make learning environment more conducive for students and teachers.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela gave the promise at a formal presentation of prizes won by Iganmode Grammar School (Senior) Ota in the Ado/Odo Local Government Area to the state government at the just – concluded 2013 Annual Cowbell National Mathematics competition for all secondary Schools in Nigeria.

Odubela said the present administration in the state has placed priority on education and is doing everything possible to ensure that its free qualitative and affordable education policy in the state remains unwavering.

“It is a clear fact that our free qualitative and affordable education policy in the state has been yielding positive results and I’m assuring you that it will continue to yield more. Part of the results is what we are seeing today, for the very first time in the history of Cowbell National Mathematics competition in Nigeria Public Schools, students of Iganmode grammar School (SNR) Ota won the overall best prize for three consecutive years, 2011, 2012 and 2013”, he said.

He added that the outstanding performances could be attributed to Government’s provision of conducive learning environment, continuous capacity building workshop for students and teachers, engagement of competent and qualified teachers, provision of free textbooks and instructional materials to students among others.

Earlier in his remarks, the principal, Iganmode Grammar School, Mr. Obalalenge attributed the outstanding performances to the student’s dedication to their studies, teacher’s commitment to duty, effective leadership and conducive learning environment created by the state government.


Source: OGTV

July 12, 2013 |

WAEC extends SSCE registration

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has extended the normal entry registration period for the November/December 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates to July 31.

A statement signed by the council’s Deputy Director (Public Affairs), Mr. Yusuf Ari, noted that the late entry period is now from August 1 to 9.

Accordingly, it noted that intending candidates can purchase the registration materials, including Personal Identification Number (PIN), from the selected banks – First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Skye Bank Plc, Enterprise Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc.


Source: The Nation

July 12, 2013 |

2nd Ramadan Essay/Quiz Competition Begins

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Governor's wife Mrs Olufunsho Amosun PhotoThe Second Edition of Ramadan Essay Writing/Quiz Competition for public students has commenced in Ogun State with a call on the students to reflect on the teachings of Allah and live together in peace and social harmony.
Organised by the Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun and the Spouses of Ogun State Government Functionaries Association (SOSGFA), the competition involved school across the 20 local government areas of the State and was designed to assist the school children to have a good understanding of Islam and cultivate their interest in religious ideas.

According to Mrs. Amosun, “The Second Edition of Ramadan Essay/Quiz Competition would build on the success of the maiden edition held last year. The Second Edition would feature Poem Writing for Primary School Pupils. This requires pupils to write and submit their poem to the Education Secretaries in each of the Education Zones within the first two weeks in the month of Ramadan on the theme: ‘Ramadan! The Blessed Month.’”

She said the Essay/Debate Competition for Senior Secondary Schools would have as topics “Child Right: Islamic Perspective” and “Perceived Decay in the Education System, Who is to Blame: Parent, Teachers or the Government?” respectively.

The Essay/Debate competition would take place simultaneously on Thursday, July 11, 2014 at four divisions in the State. They are Remo Secondary School, Shagamu (Remo); Muslim College, Ijebu Ode (Ijebu); Yewa College, Ilaro (Yewa); and African Church Grammar School, Ita-Iyalode, Abeokuta (Egba).

The Quiz & Qur’an Recitation Competition, which involves Junior Secondary Schools with only one contestant per school for each of the competitions, would take place in selected schools in all the 20 local government areas in the State on Saturday, July 13, 2013.

They are Ode-Remo High School, Ode-Remo (Remo North); Sagamu High School, Sagamu (Sagamu); Ikenne Community High School, Ikenne (Ikenne); Ijebu Ife Comprehensive High School, Ijebu Ife (Ijebu East); Molusi College, Ijebu-Igbo (Ijebu North); Ogbogbo Baptist Grammar School (Ijebu North-east); Muslim College, Ijebu-Ode (Ijebu-Ode); Odogbolu Grammar School, Odogbolu (Odogbolu); Ahamadiyya Comprehensive High School in Ogun Waterside (Ogun Waterside); and Ansar-ud-deen College, Ota (Ado-Odo/Ota).

Others include Muslim Grammar School, Imeko (Imeko Afon); Community Commercial Senior High School, Maun (Ipokia); Comprehensive High School, Aiyetoro (Yewa North); Yewa College, Ilaro (Yewa South);African Church Grammar School, Ita-Iyalode (Abeokuta North); Nawair-ud-deen High School, Oke-Ijeun (Abeokuta South); Methodist High School Arigbajo (Ewekoro); Adenrele High School, Ifo (Ifo); Egba-Owode Grammar School (Obafemi/Owode); and Salawu Abiola Comprehensive High School, Asero (Odeda).


Source: OGTV

July 12, 2013 |

Guinness Nigeria Awards Scholarship to Outstanding Students

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As a demonstration of its commitment towards empowering youths through education, Guinness Nigeria, one of the country’s foremost breweries gave out scholarship awards to several outstanding students across various universities in the country. The annual Scholarship award which is in its fifth year is aimed at rewarding University students who have performed exceptionally well in their various courses of study and to encourage them continue to excel.

According to the Managing Director, Mr Seni Adetu, “Doing this is a testament to our belief in Nigeria; we are investing in growing the future of Nigeria, irrespective of what is happening around. We take the subject of corporate social responsibility very seriously which is why we always ensure that we make an effort to enrich the lives of the people in the communities in which we operate”. Mr. Adetu went further to state, “The reason for the scholarship programme underscores the unwavering commitment of Guinness Nigeria Plc to the education of our youth because of the incontrovertible role they play in economic development. We are therefore, very proud that the company will be granting scholarships to undergraduates in different courses of study from our host communities in Benin, Aba and Lagos throughout the duration of their course”.

The beneficiaries, who were selected from a pool of applicants that responded to the newspaper advertisement, went through a rigorous screening process supervised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM). The scholarship programme which will cover the entire cost of tuition, textbooks as well as some of their living expenses, will afford the students the liberty of remaining fully focused on their studies without any encumbrances.

Speaking on behalf of the parents, Mr. Raphael Innocent; a parent of one of the beneficiaries, expressed his profound gratitude to Guinness Nigeria for the kind gesture. He said “I want to thank Guinness Nigeria for believing in our children as well as relieving us, their parents, of the burden of providing for the educational needs of our children. Thank you Guinness for living up to your words and promises”.

In closing, Seni Adetu advised the beneficiaries to make the best use of the scholarship opportunity awarded them by Guinness Nigeria for the successful launching of their careers, he enjoined both parents and children to share the good deeds of Guinness in demonstrating their commitment to their environment.

Over the five year existence of the award, pioneer students that benefitted from this scheme have gone on to graduate with enviable grades including a few first class honours. They have become responsible citizens of the nation adding value and playing their part in national development.


Source: Worldstagegroup.com

July 11, 2013 |

Future Edge School donates to Ogun School

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As part of its contributions to the development of the education sector in public schools in Ogun State, management of Future Edge International School, Arepo of the state has donated ten double chairs and desks for use in schools in Obafemi Owode Local Government Council area.

At the presentation ceremony that had in attendance Zonal Education Officer of Obafemi-Owode Local Government, Olu Aikulola, Proprietress of the donor school, Mrs. Victoria Kafaru said the gesture was part of the school’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

“This token will go a long way in alleviating in meeting sitting challenges in schools. We are grateful and proud to be part of this noble gesture because it will go a long way in making lives comfortable for the students and thus make learning easier,”

She called on other public spirited individuals and corporate organizations to emulate the gesture of the school by providing needed assistance to government to improve the delivery of sound basic education in the state, noting that government cannot do it alone.


Source: Daily Independent (Nigeria)

July 11, 2013 |

JAMB to build computer-based centres across Nigeria – Mark

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As part of its efforts to curb the several headaches associated with the conduct of examinations into tertiary institutions, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, is set to fast track the building of Computer based testing centres across the country.

One of the new centres is to be built in Otukpo, Benue State in order to complement the one already constructed in Makurdi, to carter for the North Central zone .

Senate President Senator David Mark made this known at the weekend when he said that JAMB registrar, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde has graciously approved the construction of the computer based testing centre for Otukpo and its environs.

Senator Mark, while addressing Golfers who participated in the 4th edition of Late Mrs. Odusola Ojerinde’s memorial Golf tournament at Otukpo Golf and Country Club in Benue State, stated that the centre when completed, will be a centre for Information technology to ease the stress students go through while taking JAMB examinations.

Mark noted that the Otukpo Golf and country club has since January, 2013 expended over N40 million on various golfing competition even as he renewed his determination to promote the game of Golf, “I have decided to develop Golf in the country and it is receiving impressive attention. I want to encourage other well-meaning Nigerians to identify and develop other sports,” he said in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh.

Mark, while commending the young golfers who took part in the just concluded international competition between the Otukpo Golf Club and Tema Golf club of Ghana, said that in the nearest future, Nigeria will become a Golf nation.

The Senate president hailed the sponsor and husband of the late Mrs. Odusola Ojerinde memorial Golf tournament, Professor Dibu Ojerinde for his nationalistic gesture at bringing the annual memorial tournament to Benue, saying that the memory of his late wife will linger on.

In his remark, JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde thanked the President of the Senate for the opportunity to host the memorial tournament in Otukpo, while also promising to make significant improvement in future tournaments.


Source: Daily Post

July 11, 2013 |

International Bicycle Design Competition 2014

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IBDCStudents and professional designers from around the world are invited to take part in the IBDC 2014 (International Bicycle Design Competition) by entering their visionary ideas and concepts on anything that has to do with bicycles and cycling.

 

IBDC has been held for fifteen consecutive years, it has received 11235 designer entring the competition from 86 countries.

Registrations for the IBDC are only offered online. Entries will be accepted in four categories

  1. Bicycles: Mountain Bikes, Racing Bikes, Trekking Bikes, BMX, City Bikes, Family Bikes, Kids Bikes, Pedelec
  2. Components: Frame and frame parts, Wheel set and parts, Transmission parts, Steering parts, Braking parts
  3. Clothing and accessories: Clothing, helmets, gloves, shoes, trailers, lights, GPS, control levers, other cycle parts and accessories
  4. Services and facilities: Cycle racks, Cycle parking Equipments, Traffic systems for cycling, Cycle rental systems,  and Other cycling-related systems

Entry is free of charge until 15 September 2013 on www.ifdesign.de.

Prize: winners will share a total of approximately $30,000 in prize money.

Deadline: 15th September, 2013

Details: Visit the Competition website

July 1, 2013 |

Over 1.5mn Students Sit for NECO Exams

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NECOThe National Examinations Council (NECO), said over 1.5 million candidates are currently sitting for its senior school certificate examination nationwide. The examinations started on June 1.

The Abuja NECO Coordinator, Mustapha Abdul, told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday when he took the Board of Directors team led by its Chairman, Paddy Njoku, round some examination centres.

The Chairman, Board of Directors however said that the council was set to introduce a pre-examination orientation in schools to prepare students for its final examination.

We need to educate our children on the discipline of thoroughness from the homes. It is our responsibility as parents.

“The standard of everything is falling in the society and so, there is the need to adequately prepare our children for these challenges,” he said.

Mr. Njoku said that teachers also had a role to play in preparing their students on other aspects of taking examinations and not just the syllabus. He said that the conduct of the examination had been going on smoothly and the students had been orderly.

Also speaking, the Registrar of JAMB, Promise Okpala, said that candidates were yet to understand what it entailed to sit for examinations.

“A student could be very brilliant and well prepared for examinations academically, but there are lots of factors that determine success in examinations.

“Unfortunately, most times these factors are not taken into consideration and when the results are out and the students don’t pass, or the results are not released, they blame NECO. The question therefore is did they do the correct thing?” he said.

The registrar said that NECO was considering a lot of options to ensure that students did not just face one direction in preparing for examinations.

 

Source: Premium Times

June 28, 2013 |

Exams Stifle Independent Thinking – NTI Boss

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Director-General of National Teachers Institute, Dr Aminu Sharehu, has called for a change in the present mode of examinations in schools towards allowing pupils to develop their thinking ability independently.

Sharehu said that the present mode of examining students in Nigerian schools stifle independent thinking and is hampering transformation of the education sector.

The director general made the observation while speaking at the 2nd international conference of the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan with delegates from African countries in attendance.

The improvement of the quality of examinations can lead to advancement of teaching and learning procedures–a shift from assessment of a set of learning content to assessment of learning outcomes rather than teaching a set of learning content.

The present examination system in the country is defective and inadequate, especially in validity, because they merely test the samples of knowledge, Sharehu explained.

“They emphasise cramming and retention and have no arrangement to test understanding and application. Examinations test memory of students instead of their rational and discriminate reproduction of the crammed material. They provide more of a test of memory and expression than of judgment, clarity and appreciation,” Sharehu said.

He lamented the “largely negative” regard of public examinations in the eyes of government, non-government agencies and media, which “emphasise mass failure, examination malpractice, number of students whose results are withheld and poor student performance.

“A positive public examination reorientation that starts to reward academic excellence, genuine academic efforts, malpractice-free schools and colleges who are able to uncover examination malpractice should begin,” Sharehu noted.


Source: Daily Trust

June 25, 2013 |

NLNG Undergraduate Scholarship

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The management of Nigeria LNG Limited wishes to invite interested FIRST YEAR undergraduates in Nigerian universities to apply for the 2013/2014 NLNG Undergraduate Scholarship Award.

The purpose of Nigeria LNG Scholarship Award scheme is to promote academic excellence amongst undergraduates in tertiary institutions in rivers state and the rest of the country.

Interested students are advised to go to: https://sws.nlng.com/undgrad/ and complete the application form

All applications should include the following attachments

  • scanned passport sized photographs
  • scanned copy of JAMB and university admission letters
  • scanned copy of WAEC/NECO/GCE/O’Levels or A levels result
  • scanned copy of school identity card
  • scanned copy of letter of identification from local government of origin

Please note that only qualified applicants shall be short listed for the selection tests.

The following candidates need not apply:

  • beneficiaries of other scholarship schemes
  • second to final year students
  • part time students

ENTRY CLOSES ON: Wednesday 3rd July 2013

June 18, 2013 |

Waiting for Ogun Mega Schools

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In response to the challenges posed by return of schools to missionaries, Ogun State Government has embarked on the construction of mega schools. Currently, it is building 15 of what it describes as model schools in various parts of the state.

This development was unveiled by the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, while giving the stewardship account of the first half of his four-year tenure. For a state that is known to have produced many leading lights in education, where literacy level is also comparatively high, it was expected  that Amosun would highlight what his government has been doing in the sector.

It was the government of Bola Tinubu that started the new wave of returning missionary schools and others to their owners. The plan initially generated a lot of controversy – and even doubt – around 2000/2001.  But the schools were eventually returned to their owners, with several conditions that include the fact that on no account should the lucky owners divert the facilities to projects other than those educational.

Interestingly, Amosun’s predecessor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, had taken the same step on getting into office in 2003, amidst a similar cloud of controversy. One major reason why the schools were returned bordered on the urge to lessen financial burden on government. But while the policy may have been achieving this in a way, it created some other new challenges. First, it stressed parents who had to cope with the confusion and challenges posed by the transfer of their children and wards to other school. After all, in many cases, the parents could not afford fees being charged by the now private owners of the institution.

Besides, as Amosun noted while inspecting the model school projects, alongside others, the biggest headache the policy has created for the government is that of overcrowding in many of the schools in the state. Suddenly, government realised that it now has less number of schools and more pupils. The governor’s initial response when he just got to office was the idea of claiming back the schools. But, somehow, the government seems to have dropped the idea.

Amosun said, last week,“Fifteen model secondary schools are under construction at various locations across the state. The schools were conceptualised to serve the twin objectives of decongesting classrooms in the state. The projects is also the government’s response to the return of major missionary schools to churches by the last administration,  which pushed over 22,000 secondary school pupils out of school. The 15 schools are the first set of the 28 model schools being planned by the OGSG.”

Those familiar with the state of some of the schools would realise that overpopulation is, indeed, a major issue. Recently, the story of one of such in Ibafo was published. In a class, up to 120 pupils were sighted. In response to queries on this, the government had given a hint on the coming of the model schools which, it added, would also be a response to the intricacies of getting suitable land to build smaller schools.

But lest the ovation overtake the import of the policy,experts would want the government to really attain the standard that makes a school to be called ‘model.’ It must be prepared to be ‘model’ in the construction of the institutions. The quality of facilities provided will matter a lot. The teachers to run the schools should also be shaped up so that the usual lacklustre approach to teaching, which has affected standards in the country, will not rear its head in the schools.

Experts stress that before a school can be called a ‘model’, it must accommodate standard in all areas of education delivery. Says an online portal, “Necessary infrastructure will be provided in such schools not only for satisfying teaching needs, but also for sports and co-curricular activities. There will be sufficient scope for sports, recreation and out door activities. Facilities like play ground, gardens, auditorium etc will be provided in model schools.

These schools will have adequate ICT infrastructure, Internet connectivity and full time computer teachers.  The teacher/pupil ratio should not exceed 1:25 and the classrooms will be spacious enough to accommodate at least 30 pupils. However, classroom-students ratio will not exceed 1:40.

“Health Education and health check up will be introduced in these schools. A good library with books and magazines for students and teachers will be provided. Field trips and educational tours will be an integral part of the curriculum.”

While Amosun said that these factors have been considered, he noted that towards the fulfilment of the government’s promise on ‘affordable qualitative education programme,’ it adopted the free education to all pupils in its primary and secondary schools.

He said in the mid-term broadcast, “We allocated between 22 and 25 per cent of our annual budget consistently to education in line with UNESCO’s recommendation; N3.2 bn was expended on the purchase of free textbooks, exercise books and other instructional material distributed to all public primary and secondary school pupils. We also invested N120m on bursary, scholarship and grants to 10, 770 students of Ogun State origin ranging from N100,000 paid to students in the Law School to N10,000 each to pupils with special needs in primary schools. A total sum of N5.44bn was paid as monthly subvention to all our state-owned tertiary institutions since 2011 till date.”

He noted that such efforts had been yielding positive results in all our schools. According to him, total enrolment for the 2010/2011 and 2012/2013 academic sessions indicates that the figure increased from 728,146 to 893,917, an increase of 165,771 or 18.54 per cent.

The mega schools are  being built in Ilaro, Itele, Ado-Odo, Sagamu, Ifo, Odogbolu, among other towns in the state.


Source: Punch Newspaper

June 15, 2013 |

HIV/AIDS: Ogun Introduces Interpersonal Communication in School

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In its bid to ensure the enlightenment programme on HIV/AIDS pandemic reach the grassroots and youths, Ogun State has introduced Inter-Personal Communication (IPC) strategy in the curriculum of the state-owned School of Health Technology, Ilese.

A 25-man committee has been put in place to fine-tune the strategy, which would have positive impact on family planning and reproductive health.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, disclosed this at a stakeholders’ forum jointly organised by the state government in collaboration with the Enhancing Nigeria’s Response to HIV and Aids and the Society for Family Health (SFH) in Abeokuta on Thursday.

Soyinka assured that the inclusion of the strategy in the school’s curriculum would enable students to be trained adequately to reach out to members of the larger society on ways of preventing new infections while enhancing reproductive health.

He explained that the measure was adopted because experience had shown that interpersonal communication was a potent force in disseminating and transmitting new ideas, pointing out that the school system remains a veritable channel for getting this done, particularly among students.

The commissioner said: “If a person is well-informed, motivated to act and they have skills and confidence to take action, they are likely to initiate and maintain health promoting behaviours that produce positive outcome.”

He, however, assured the people of the state of the resolve of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration to  provide affordable healthcare system as well as bring down the prevalence rate of HIV and enhance reproductive health.

In his speech, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Alhaji Ambali Ishola, represented by the ministry’s Desk Officer, Mrs. Sola Onayiga, said institutionalising the interpersonal communication strategy would prepare students for the diverse challenges in a competitive labour market.

Representative of Enhancing Nigeria’s Response to HIV/AIDS, Mr. Lanre Kayode, observed that the strategy helps in effective data collection and collation on health-related matters as well as influences behavioural change.

Nevertheless, the Director of the Agency for the Control of AIDS (OGUNSACA), Dr. Kehinde Fatungase, who presented the epidemiology report of HIV in the state, said the introduction of IPC would help increase the uptake of HIV counselling and testing which he observed is currently low in the state.

On her part, the Director of Primary Healthcare in the state, Dr. Kafayat Lawal, pointed out that the IPC would be a ready tool for implementing the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS), which she assured would strengthen the state health system.


Source: Daily Newswatch

June 14, 2013 |

Jonathan Calls For Compulsory Sports Ground In Schools

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PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has asked the Ministry of Education to ensure that new primary and secondary schools without plans for sports grounds are not accredited in the interest of sports development in the country.

Speaking in Abuja in a stakeholders’ forum titled:  “Harnessing the potential of Nigeria sports sector from playground to podium,”  President Jonathan decried a situation where storey buildings without any space are being converted to schools in many high density areas in the country.

“This must stop, as such a situation would make it impossible to discover talents at young ages.

For any place to be called a primary or a secondary school, it must have at least a field or a pitch where students could engage in exercise and sports.

“I expect the Minister of Education to discuss with the Commissioners of Education in the States. There is a need for us to review the criteria for approving primary and secondary school. Because, taking our children to these choked areas where they cannot even have a yard that they will practise running throughout their primary and secondary school career is not the best.”

The President said that government would consider a review of some existing laws for sustainable development of sports.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

June 14, 2013 |

Sony World Photography Awards 2014 – Youth Award

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Sony in collaboration with World Photography Orgainsation  is searching for the next generation of talented young photographers in this competition, open to anyone 19 and under.

Whether you are studying photography in school or college, or just have a passion for taking photographs of your daily life, enter this competition for the chance to become the Sony World Photography Awards, Youth Award Winner.

Categories

There are three great categories available to enter that will allow you to illustrate your blossoming photographic talent;

  • Culture: What does culture mean to you? Take a photograph that depicts your take on culture; it could be your local youth culture and social gatherings, a culture you have immersed yourself in whilst travelling, traditions amongst a tight-knit community or large-scale cultural gatherings such as festivals.
  • Environment: Capture your local environment through a photograph; perhaps you want to illustrate the naturally beautiful qualities of your environment, or highlight an issue which is having a negative effect on it.
  • People: Find inspiration in the faces of people around you and take a portrait that communicates a story about your subject. Look for expressions and passing glances that might otherwise go unnoticed and push the boundaries of what can be achieved within a portrait, the most traditional of photographic styles.

Membership

  • Basic Members can enter up to 3 images into one category or across all categories.
  • Advanced Members can enter up to 8 images into one category or across all categories.
  • Premium Members can enter up to 20 images into one category or across all categories. 

Please note, once you have entered this competition you will not be able to enter the Open or Professional competitions.

Entering & Judging

  • Step 1 – Entries will go through various selection rounds, conducted by our 2014 Youth Award Jury.
  • Step 2 – The 10 shortlisted images in each category will be announced prior to the Gala Ceremony in April 2014.
  • Step 3 – The 10 Category Winners will be announced prior to the Gala Ceremony in April 2014.
  • Step 4 – The overall winner will be selected from the 10 Category Winners by the 2014 Young Talent Jury, and will be announced as Sony World Photography Awards Youth Award Winner at the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 gala ceremony.

Entry Submission: 1st June 2013 to 6th January 2014

Prizes

Winner of the best overall photograph will receive:

  • Title of “Sony World Photography Awards Youth Award Winner
  • Winning image showcased in the London exhibition and the winners book
  • International exposure on the WPO website
  • Global media coverage
  • Flights to London, 2 nights accommodation in a hotel and VIP tickets to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, April 2014
  • Digital SLR camera equipment from Sony

Winners of each individual category will receive:

  • Title of “Sony World Photography Awards Youth Award category name Winner
  • Winning image showcased in the London exhibition and the winners book
  • International exposure on the WPO website
  • Global media coverage
  • Digital SLR camera equipment from Sony

Details: Visit Award Page

June 14, 2013 |

Admission Seekers Have 103,000 More Spaces in Tertiary Institutions – IEI President

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Some stakeholders have contradicted the recent declaration by the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqquatu Rufai, that there are only about 520,000 admission slots in the nation’s tertiary institutions. In a chat with Vanguard Learning, Dr. Andrews Jegede, the National President of the Association of Innovation and Vocational Institutions, opined that there are 103,000 more spaces available for students at Innovative Enterprise Institutions (IEIs).

What role do Innovation Enterprise Institutions play in the education sector?

They are private institutions that offer technical and professional education at post-basic and tertiary levels to the school leavers and working class. The aim is to meet the increasing demand for technical manpower of the various sectors of the economy and these institutions are to implement Federal Government’s concept of Public-Private Partnership in Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) and skill-focused education sector. Innovation institutions are meant to gradually increase intake until they absorb almost 50% of the admission seekers at post-secondary schools.

What are the features of innovative institutions?

They are products of the recent reform initiatives of the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) in the education sector. There are about 120 institutions approved by the FME and accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and have been listed by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board since 2007. The curriculum is professional.

Some of the areas we cover are presently not covered by universities and polytechnics such as computer hardware engineering, software engineering, multimedia technology, oil and gas, information technology, creative arts, industrial welding, early childcare education, paralegal studies, computer networking and securities, film production and many more. The National Innovation Diploma (NID) is the certification approved by the FME for IEIs. It is the equivalent of the National Diploma, and it is equally four semesters of course work spanning over two years with Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).

Tell us about the new registration template for UTME that makes provision for IEIs

The Minister for Education Prof. Ruqquayatu Rufai has approved that effective 2014, JAMB will list Innovation Institutions independent of others on JAMB registration template. Hence, candidates will have to choose eight schools. For the first time, TVET is now in the front burner of the education sector. In addition to that, this 2013/2014 academic session, other tertiary institutions have planned to admit 500,000 candidates, be sure that we innovative institutions will supplement that by additional 103,000 candidates.

Prior to this time, we were lumped up with polytechnics and they nearly choked us and denied us of our identity. Operational guidelines of universities are different from those of polytechnics, operational guidelines of polytechnics are also different from those of the colleges of education. In the same way, the operational guidelines of innovation enterprise institutions are different from those of other institutions. That was what we drew the attention of the Federal Government to. What this means is that henceforth, candidates will choose two universities, two polytechnics, two colleges of education and two innovative institutions.

Another advantage is that we are going to have a lot of candidates to contend with. Before now, people were not aware that there were spaces in innovative institutions. Instead of advertising from one place to the other, we pushed to get the policy right; and thankfully, we have done that. And by 2014, we plan to increase intake to 110,000 candidates by year 2015, and year 2016 intake into Innovative institutions should be 140,000 by 2015 until we reach 200,000 by year 2017.

Were the 103,000 spaces mentioned included in the figures given by the Education Minister?

No. This is because in times past, IEIs were not factored into the available carrying capacities in the country. There are spaces. The problem is that the general public is not aware of them. When you mention higher institution, the first thing that comes into anybody’s mind is the university. Some have forgotten that there are Colleges of Education and polytechnics. Many people are not even aware that there are new institutions to complement those efforts. People are not aware that there are innovative institutions. When government mentions the available spaces, they are referring to universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and they forget the private innovative institutions.


Source:
The Vanguard Newspaper

June 9, 2013 |

Reps Move to Upgrade Validity of JAMB Result to Three Years

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House of RepresentativesA bill to amend the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Act yesterday scaled through second reading in the House of Representatives, which seeks to extend the validity of JAMB result from its present one year to three academic years.

Rep Ibrahim Ebbo (PDP, Niger), who sponsored the bill said Nigerians mostly the poor have been the highest in sitting for the yearly examinations, despite the increasing cost of purchasing the forms.

The law-maker cited the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the National Examination Council (NECO) as example whose validity extends into years.

The members voted unanimously for in favour of the passage of the bill. Deputy speaker, Emeka Ihedioha who presided over the sitting then referred the bill to the education committee for further legislative duties.


Source: DailyTrust

June 8, 2013 |

New Partnership Boosts e-learning in Higher Education

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The African Virtual University (AVU) and the International Council for Open and Distance Education, or ICDE – a global body for the open and distance education community – have launched an e-learning partnership aimed at providing cost-effective and efficient tools to promote access to higher education in Africa.

The initiative was announced on 23 April, according to an ICDE press release.

“The partnership between the AVU and the ICDE will help in promoting e-learning, online learning and mobile learning as an ideal tool for expanding university access in Africa, as in other parts of the world,” Gard Titlestad, secretary general of the Norway-based ICDE, told University World News.

According to Internet World Stats, a website for internet usage statistics, by June 2012 the internet penetration rate in Africa was 15.6% – dramatically up from just 3% in 2006 but still lagging behind the world average of 34%. More than 167 million people now have access to the internet in Africa and the continent’s growth rate in internet penetration is among the highest in the world.

AVU Rector Bakary Diallo told University World News that institutions in Africa had been unable to increase their physical infrastructure to meet rapidly growing demand for higher education.

Despite escalating admissions, Sub-Saharan Africa still had only around 6% of the population aged 25-34 in tertiary education, while in the United Kingdom and United States, 60% and 70% of eligible candidates respectively had access to higher education.

For example, Diallo said, between 2002 and 2007, the highest point of admission in Nigerian universities was just 15% of the total number of applicants – and far less among the entire school-leaving cohort.

“This shows that the current mode of delivery is unable to meet either current or projected demand. Thus, under traditional classroom teaching, tertiary education for most school-leaving children will remain unattainable.”

Diallo pointed out that using information and communication technologies, or ICTs, in education saved institutions costs on items like physical classroom infrastructure, textbooks and numbers of teachers, while contributing to quality education.

The AVU-ICDE partnership would promote the importance of open, distance, flexible and online education, increase access to quality higher education, enhance quality in e-learning while supporting the development of new methodologies and technologies, and facilitate cooperation and networking.

These targets would be achieved through various projects, including the establishment of a network for knowledge exchange.

Diallo said the network would enhance cooperation between the AVU and institutions and experts, set up initiatives with external funding, and organise an international meeting on issues of North-South collaboration.

The partnership would help to increase enrolments at higher education institutions and enable African governments to reach their educational goals as spelled out in the Millennium Development Goals and UNESCO’s Education for All initiative.

He added that e-learning offered flexible education by accommodating students’ needs, including the needs of those already employed who wanted to upgrade skills. He said it would encourage them to become lifelong learners.

Asked about expanding e-learning with still-low internet penetration, Diallo said: “Our AVU e-learning model recognises the challenges Africa faces with internet connectivity. Our study materials are available online, on CDs and in print, so students have access to the material even if they are not connected to the internet.”

He said the AVU was committed to strengthening the capacity of African universities to offer e-learning programmes.

“With funding from the African Development Bank, the AVU is working to strengthen the capacity of 27 institutions in 21 African countries to develop, deliver and manage quality ICT-integrated programmes. This project builds on the successes of phase one of the project, which was implemented in 10 African countries.”

In March, at the first West Africa e-Learning Conference and Exhibition, WAeLCE , held in Lagos, Nigeria, African experts called on African governments to prepare policies and promote massive investment in ICTs as a solution to the problem of limited places in campus-based learning institutions.

June 2, 2013 |

First Student Loan Scheme Bill Passes Second Reading

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House of RepresentativesA bill to create a student loan scheme – called a Higher Education Bank – has passed a second reading in the national assembly and is expected to be approved soon. As expected, there was jubilation among students over the scheme, which is unprecedented in Nigerian higher education.

Student beneficiaries would receive sufficient funding to pay for their higher education and would begin repayment two years after finishing their studies. However, some lecturers called for caution regarding the loan scheme’s implementation.

United States-trained lawyer Femi Gbajabiamila, a member of the House of Representatives, quietly proposed the bill titled “Higher Education Bank”. Many of his colleagues were sceptical about its effectiveness, but a few parliamentarians saw the bill’s wisdom and Gbajabiamila finally convinced most of his colleagues to support it.

The bill survived a first reading, and it was the successful passage of the second reading that propelled parliamentary journalists to accord the bill maximum publicity. It instantly became very big news on campuses across Nigeria.

Segun Olugbile, in a feature in the influential tabloid The Punch, described highlights of the bill. Its primary purpose, he wrote, was to grant interest-free loans to poor students seeking access to higher education and the ability to study without financial stress.

To qualify for a loan, a student must come from a home with an annual income of less than US$3,165 a year. He or she must also have secured admission to any university, polytechnic, college of education or vocational institution established by the federal or a state government.

Reimbursement of loans will begin two years after students have completed compulsory National Youth Service Corps service.

Repayment will be in instalments in the form of direct deductions of 10% of an employed student’s salary at source, deducted by the employer and credited to the student’s loan in the education bank.

For self-employed graduates, a clause in the bill makes it mandatory for beneficiaries to remit 10% of their “total monthly profit” to the bank.

The bill warns that defaulting loan beneficiaries will be prosecuted, and if found guilty will face prison sentences of up to two years or a fine of US$3,165, to be paid in local currency.

The bill advocates several sources of funding for the Higher Education Bank such as “interest arising from deposits in the bank, education bonds, an education endowment fund and 1% of all taxes, levies and duties accruing to the government of the federation from the Inland Revenue Service, Nigerian Immigration Service and Nigerian Customs Service”.

The bill further states that funding will “also include 1% of all profits accruing to the government of the federation arising from oil and other minerals and all sums accruing to the fund by way of donations, gifts, grants, endowment or otherwise”.

It is interesting to note that this bill did not encounter any serious obstacles during the first and second readings, and it is not difficult to see why.

Since the advent of multiparty democracy in Nigeria 14 years ago, there has been an increasing presence of university graduates in the federal and state parliaments. As students, most of them had faced financial hardship.

Also, many MPs have had opportunities to visit the Asian Tigers, especially South Korea where, over the years, the central government allocated a very high percentage of the national budget to education and skills acquisition. For many of these legislators, the success of South Korea – which was less developed than Nigeria in the 1960s – is a source of inspiration.

Almost all students welcomed the bill, which they described as long overdue. “We are happy with this generation of lawmakers who were once university students, both here in Nigeria and abroad. They realise the importance of education,” declared Marimatu Johnson, a spokesperson for the National Association of Nigerian Students.

Lecturers also praised the legislators for supporting the bill, arguing that Nigeria, the sixth biggest crude oil producing nation in the world, had the resources to fund the project.

Dr Henry Hunjo, a lecturer at Lagos State University, was worried about the bill’s repayment clause. “It is often not easy nowadays for graduates to get employed after their compulsory national service,” he told University World News.

“It is therefore necessary for government to create an enabling environment for jobs to be created so that these graduates can repay the loans. The bill should be amended to take care of those who cannot get immediately employed, so as to avoid the stipulated sanctions.”

There is concern that the scheme’s transparent implementation could encounter human-made obstacles. Academics have urged the government to impose zero tolerance for corruption when it comes to implementing the new student loan scheme


Source: University World News

June 2, 2013 |

National Values Curriculum (NVC) Teachers’ Guide

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Minister of Education, Prof. Ruquayyatu Rufa’i, has explained that 16,000 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, results were cancelled by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, because of examination malpractices by the candidates.

Rufa’i spoke through Mr. Julius Ameh, yesterday, in Abuja, during the presentation of the Teachers’ Guide for the teaching of the National Values Curriculum, NVC, in Basic Education, which was funded by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC.

She said: ”We shall be resolute in our decisions as there shall be no sacred cows. Nobody, no matter how highly placed, will be allowed to get away with the breach of the law or perpetration of corruption and evil in our colleges and tertiary institutions.”

The minister said the inclusion of the guide into the numerous literature available in the education sector, especially on corruption and value orientation, was an indication of the premium which the administration placed on education and transparency in the conduct of government business.

She said: “It is also an eloquent testimony of the present administration’s determination to heal the wounds of the past quickly, put the ugly past behind and use the new NVC to stretch hands of fellowship to aggrieved Nigerians for complete reconciliation.

The Nigerian child must be encouraged and taught that integrity pays. His self respect must be restored and his growth process rewarded through mentoring and parental care.

Chairman of ICPC, Ekpo Nta, in his address, said that the NVC was applicable at all levels of education and was designed to expose the Nigerian child to a value-based curriculum that incorporates ethical values into academic studies from the early years to adulthood.

“The curriculum has been infused into subjects and courses at basic, post-basic and teacher-education levels. It has also been infused into the curriculum of mass literacy and non-formal education,” he said.

Nta further pointed out the need for teachers to be trained and properly oriented on the methodology and behavioural imperatives for imparting such values.

“We therefore, request commissioners for education and chairmen of SUBEB to order for more copies of the teachers’ guide such that every school in the basic education system in each state is given enough copies for the use of teachers,” he added.

The Executive Secretary of National Educational Research Development Council, NERDC, Prof. Godwill Obioma, explained that the NVC as approved by the National Council on Education, NCE, in 2004 was to educate young Nigerians on their duties, rights as well as obligations to themselves and the society.

He added that ICPC and NERDC developed the Teachers’ Guide to assist teachers as implementers of the NVC, to acquire the knowledge as well as serve as a source of materials for the teaching of the new ideas.

“The Teachers’ Guide is expected to make the implementation of the NVC easier for teachers. It is meant to serve as a resource material for the effective implementation of the NVC,” Obioma further said.


Source: Vanguard (Nigeria)

June 1, 2013 |

2013 UTME: The pains and gains of JAMB’s Computer-Based-Testing (CBT)

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JAMB LogoThe conduct of the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) had admixture of pains and gains for both the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the candidates who sat for the examination. Clement Idoko writes on the conduct of the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, concluding that there is need for more infrastructural base to support the conduct of the Computer Based Test (CBT).

This year’s edition of UTME was unique as candidates were presented with three test options-the traditional Paper Pencil Test, Dual-Based Test and Computer Based Test (CBT). The DBT and CBT, which are a novel introduction, were largely successful in spite of some challenges especially in the area of infrastructure.

Computer Based Test is the administration of an examination using a computer. This format is flexible in that the test can be taken at different times and in different locations. The CBT has been especially designed to provide the necessary atmosphere for the optimum performance of the candidates in terms of layout and simplicity of the question on the screen. Simply, moving from one question to another is achieved at the click of the Mouse or the movement of the “Arrow Keys”.

The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde had announced that a total of 1,735, 720 candidates applied for this year’s UTME as against 2012 which had 1,503,931 registrations. This represented an increase of about 13.35 per cent in the number of candidates who registered for the examination when compared with those of last year.

It is important to state that of this figure a total of 1,629,102 candidates applied for Paper Pencil Test (PPT), 15, 008 chose Dual-Based Test (DBT) and 91,610 candidates applied for the Computer Based Test.

Painfully, however, the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, revealed that of the 1.7 million candidates that applied for the UTME, only 520, 000 candidates would be considered for admissions into tertiary institutions of their choices because of low carrying capacity of the available institutions.

Besides, most candidates who sat for the examination complained about poor results released by the Board. According to the first results of PPT and DBT released by the Board, a total of 127, 017 candidates scored below 160 that is the cut off mark for entrance into either Polytechnic or a College of Education. In the same vein, a total of 103, 489 scored between 160 and 169, which is also below the 180 cut off mark for Universities’ admissions.

Ojerinde, while announcing the release of the results of the Paper Pencil Test and Dual-Based Test conducted across the country and two foreign centres,  said over 80, 419 results of the candidates were withheld.

He had noted that out of this figure, the results of 68,309 candidates from various centres were undergoing further screening to ascertain their culpability, while results of 12,110 candidates have been withheld for possible disciplinary action.

However, Education Tribune gathered that the results of candidates withheld for the purpose of lack of biometric verification have been released. On the huge number withheld results, a source within the JAMB, disclosed that the release of the results was delayed because of late arrival of Biometric Machines that would aid the verification of candidates.

Then, some of the candidates who could not be verified on the day of the examination were listed by the invigilators in the affected examination centres and the list sent to JAMB Headquarters, Abuja for scrutiny.

Some of the affected candidates had protested the withholding of their results on the account of non-biometric verification, which they argued was not a fault of their but laxity on the part of examination officials.

Education Tribune also gathered that some other results of candidates withheld for further screening as a result alleged examination malpractices have been released. However, other serious cases are still pending as the Board said the exercise was a continuous process until final decision are taken.

One of the candidates who chose Dual-Based Test and sat for the examination in Minna, Miss Patience Ajogi, lamented that her results were still being withheld in spite of the fact that there was no reported case of examination malpractice in the hall where she sat for the test.

This brings to fore the importance of the CBT, as the release of its results is instantaneous. The CBT, which was earlier differed, was commenced on 18th May and will end on Saturday 1st June. The initial plan was for the CBT to take place a week to the other two modes so that results could be released almost the same day.

Ojerinde, had explained that the arrangement clashed with some of the West African Examination papers and that JAMB had to concede to putting forward the Computer Based Test which requires special ICT Centres.

The conduct of the Paper Pencil Test and Dual Based Test were marred with examination malpractices but Ojerinde said the CBT was introduced to resolve the challenges faced by examination bodies in the country.

Some universities with strong ICT Centres as well as ChamsCity, an ICT firm, were used by JAMB to conduct the CBT.  Over 400 candidates who chose the CBT mode sat for the 2013 UTME at ChamsCity, Abuja under the direct supervision of Prof. Ojerinde.

He had explained that Computer Based Test was introduced as part of the transformation going in the education sector. According to him, CBT method enables the candidates get their results quickly, reduce cost of conducting the examinations and eliminating malpractices. He added that it was in line with the commitment of the examination board to do everything possible to make sure that the best is given in the area of service provision to the candidates.

Minister for Education, Prof. Rufa’i, also monitored the CBT at ChamsCity Centre, Abuja during the examinations. She threw her weight behind the pilot programme, stressing that there was the need to secure a better future for the Nigerian child by giving them quality education services and providing necessary materials that measure with international standard.

Some candidates who sat for the CBT in Abuja commended JAMB for the initiative. They were happy they could access their results almost immediately unlike some of their peers who sat for the PPT and DBT and are yet to get their results. “I can tell you that the issue of examination malpractice is zero. This has to be encouraged if we have to move on as a nation,” one of the candidates said.

However, some others were unhappy that they did not take the examination at the same time, expressing fears about possible leakages of questions. “We have spent a lot of money on transport here and there. My only worry is that JAMB should see that there facilities are on ground to drive a system before embarking on it,” Mr. Chukwudi said.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

May 31, 2013 |

GTBank/Ogun Principals Cup

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Alamuwa Boys Grammar School, Ado-Odo have won the maiden edition of the GTBank/Ogun State Principals Cup after managing a lone-goal victory over hard-fighting Remo Divisional High School, Sagamu.

The encounter at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta was witnessed by Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, his wife Olufunso, Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Gbenga Otenuga and other top government functionaries.

Samson Oke’s goal within ten minutes of the second half was all Alamuwa Grammar School needed as they defended the lone-goal lead throughout the encounter. The winners pocketed the ultimate prize of N1m courtesy of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, while RDHS got N750,000. Third-placed team Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode received N500,000.

Orile Ilugun Girls Comprehensive High School, Odeda defeated Our Lady of Apostle, Ijebu-Ode 2-0 to win the girls’ category of the competition, taking home N1m and the trophy.  

In the first semi-final match, Alamuwa Grammar School dismissed Adesanolu Community High School, Mowe by a lone goal scored by Sulaimon Adams in the late minutes of the thrilling encounter. Remo Divisional High School, Sagamu recorded a similar result against Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode in the second semi-final match with Victor Sukanmi’s second half goal separating the two sides.

It was a different story for Remo Divisional High School in the girls’ category of the tournament as they suffered a 1-0 defeat in the hands of Our Lady of Apostle, Ijebu-Ode. The goal was scored by Tobi Tiamiyu in second half of the semi-final match. Orile Ilugun High School, which will face Remo Divisional High School in the final, defeated Community High School Abule-Iroko 2-1 in the second semi-final.

May 31, 2013 |

Ogun Starts Nomadic Education September

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Ogun State Goverment logoOgun State government says the two nomadic schools approved for the state by the federal government will begin full academic session by September this year.

Chairman of Ogun State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) Chief Muftau Ajibola made this known during a news conference in Abeokuta, saying the state was taking the commencement of the education for the wandering children of the Fulani/Hausa herdsmen reluctantly.

Ajibola, who was responding to Daily Trust questions on behalf of the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr. Segun Odubela, said the schools are located at Oke-Efon in Abeokuta South and Owode in Yewa South Local Government Areas of the State.

He explained that the projects had earlier been rejected by the state government due to its name and inadequate targeted populations in the State, but was later accepted after wide consultations.
Ajibola said the state was allocated three slots but was later increased to five because some states in the South West, including Lagos, could not get land for its location


Source: Daily Trust

May 29, 2013 |

St Paul Anglican makes Channels National Kids Cup Quarter Final

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Channels Kids Cup logoThe  fifth season of the annual Channels National Kids Cup kicked off Monday, 21stt May 2013, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos. 16 primary schools from 13 states have been drawn to play against each other. The teams have been divided into four groups, and only the top two finishers in each group will progress to the quarter finals of the competition.

Ogun state’s representative St Paul Anglican made it through to the knock out stages along with LGEA Primary School, Kaduna, Ogedegbe Primary School, Delta state, Holy Trinity from Lagos, Uwa Primary School, Edo state and Ago-Egba Lagos.

St. Paul Anglican joined Group A leaders LGEA Primary School from Kaduna to edge out Toyibat Lagos state and School Road Primary School from Abia in the group stage.

St.Paul Anglican school has been drawn to play Group B leaders, Local Authority, Osun in a quarter–finals fixture.

The annual tournament which is organised by Channels Television and supported by the Lagos State Football Association, the Delta State Government and Indomie Noodles will have its final played on Monday the 27th of May 2013.

May 24, 2013 |

Nigeria Launches UNEDEP To Promote Self Employment Among Graduates

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Nigeria's CrestNigeria’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment on Tuesday, inaugurated the University Entrepreneurship Development Programme (UNEDEP) in Abuja, to promote self-employment amongst youth right.

According to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, the programme was part of government’s proactive strategies to tackle graduate unemployment.

UNEDEP will be implemented by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education.

The programme was created to enhance and re-orientate the values of undergraduates while providing a mentoring platform for students, reduce poverty and youth unemployment, re-orientate the undergraduate toward the right values among other objectives .

Speaking during the unveiling of the programme, Aganga, said the programme would give students the opportunity for practical hands on experience to enable them to successfully manage their own businesses.

“UNEDEP’s mission is to ‘catch them young’. The programme focuses on entrepreneurship development of undergraduates and aims to create future entrepreneurs; encourage self-employment; embed business ethics among the youth and consequently reduce the incidence of poverty.

“We will achieve this by using the existing Network for African Student Entrepreneurs club structure and deriving a standard schedule of activities for all members across all universities.

“Part of our strategy is to assess existing scalable student businesses to determine ways to enhance these, and then, creating a platform for student mentoring by successful entrepreneurs. Our goal is for students to receive the necessary capacity building as part of the activities of the entrepreneurship clubs.”

Relatively, Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqayyatu Rufai, in her sppech adjudged that there is need for the country to promote the culture of entrepreneurship among students to reduce unemployment.

“All over the world, entrepreneurship has been identified as the major driver of economic growth and development… The success of many economies can be traced to entrepreneurs who started small and then grew to become multinationals,” she said.


Source: Ventures Africa Magazine

May 23, 2013 |

Access International School Repairs Bad Portions on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway

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Worried by the bad state of some portions of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, the management of Access International School, Magboro, Ogun State, has rehabilitated a part of the road to ease vehicular movement.

The school, which described the initiative as parts of its corporate social responsibility, undertook the rehabilitation of the road from the NASFAT junction to Magboro end of the Lagos/Ibadan expressway.

Before the rehabilitation, the bad portions of the expressway had become a major headache for users as they experienced traffic snarl and accidents in the area.

But the school Proprietor, Dr. Jonathan Akpan, said the school decided to engage a local contractor to fill potholes and reconstruct some damaged spots after he secured the approval of the Federal Road Safety Commission to do so.

Akpan said the school management had been observing the pains people experienced on the road since 2012 and after it discovered that government was not ready to rehabilitate the road, the institution took it upon itself to do it.

“We did this because we observed the pains that people go through on a daily basis. Workers spend hours on the road before getting to their respective offices. Pupils get late to schools and government which is expected to repair the road is not showing signs of seriousness. We sought the permission of the FRSC and they appointed some of their men to work with us in order to help us control the traffic while the construction lasted,” he said.

He added that the contractors had filled the potholes and repaired some damaged spots on the road with asphalt and other construction materials.

“We believe this gesture will ease traffic and the stress that commuters go through on a daily basis. It is a way of giving back to the host community where our school is located,” he said.

Some motorists and members of some communities close to the expressway commended the school for the gesture. One of them, who simply identified himself as Mr. Adejare, said that the school had also donated N1m to Imedu-Nla community near Mowe to help the people of the area instal a 500KVA transformer and another N1m to Magboro community for various developmental projects.


Source: Punch Newspaper

May 15, 2013 |

Bill to Establish Vocational Schools Passes Second Reading

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House of RepresentativesA bill for an Act to establish regulated Vocational Schools for Skills Acquisition in Nigeria passed second reading at the House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja.

Femi Gbajiabiamila, who sponsored the bill, said that the proposed legislation would address the problem of unemployment among Nigerian youth.

“When you engage the youths you reduce poverty, unemployment and enhance their dignity,” said Mr. Gbajiabiamila, an Action Congress of Nigeria lawmaker representing Lagos State.

The bill refreshes memories that education is not restricted to formal form and further appraises the need to embrace non-formal education for better skill acquisition, according to Mr. Gbajiabiamila.

Ironically, we have automobile engineering graduates being turned out year in-year out by our institutions who cannot repair their faulty automobiles; except for the intervention of road-side mechanics, he added.

The establishment of the proposed federal vocational schools would give opportunity to men and women, who were skilled and talented, to learn more.

The bill, which seeks to establish the proposed vocational schools in the six geo-political zones of the country, also takes into account financial constraint as may be faced by the vocational school and its applicants.

According to the bill, funding for the vocational schools shall come from annual budgetary allocation and “moderate training fees;” while applicants from poor homes can access fund from the proposed ‘Nigeria Education Bank’.

Other members who supported the bill were Frank Enekorogha (PDP-Delta), Zakari Mohammed (PDP-Kwara) and Chineye Ike (PDP-Abia).

After the bill passed the second reading when it was put to vote by Aminu Tambuwal, the Speaker, it was referred to the Committee on Education for more legislative input.


Source: Premium Times

May 15, 2013 |

Nestle Trains Teachers, Parents on Proper Hydration in Children

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Nestle LogoWorried by the large number of Nigerian children who die annually as a result of dehydration, the Nestle Nigeria Plc has began series of workshops for Primary school teachers to equip them with nutrition teaching techniques required to combat frequent dehydration among children.
Speaking at one of such workshop at the weekend in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Company’s Managing Director, Mr. Martin Woolnough disclosed that the company had already organized similar workshops in six States of the Federation.
The gesture, he said was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the society. The workshop was tagged “Nestle health hydration teachers’ workshop”.

Woolnough disclosed that so far 84 Primary school teachers drawn from 26 Public schools and private schools in the 20 local councils in Ogun State had been trained by the company.

Those trained, Woolnough said had gone back to their schools to “Educate their pupil with the knowledge and understanding of hydration and importance of water in their lives”.

Woolnough vowed to continue championing the creation of shared value and promote any programmes that would aid proper and effective childhood nutrition and the Nigerian society, adding that, ‘’I want to reassure you that we will continue to leverage our deep well of understanding about childhood nutrition in the implementation of healthy kids programmes in line with our business strategy of creating shared value for our business and the Nigerian society’’.

Woolnough at similar event in Lagos, noted that water is indeed essential for growing children, adding that, that is the period of development and learning for them, a good hydration is important for the whole of the body.
“Either at home, school and at their activities, a good hydration is important for them to feel good, and of course, water is needed for irrigation of the child’s entire body, which also help them in developing their brains to function properly.
“It is essential that children adopt healthy habits early on by drinking water regularly during the day, and they must drink at least eight glasses of water each day because this will maintain the water balance in their body and replace the water loss,” he said.

A physician and lecturer from the Department of Health Promotion and Education, University College Hospital (UCH), Dr Oyewole Oyediran who spoke on importance of water to children stated that the body of a child is made up of 70 per cent of water, insisting that for a such child to remain healthy, such water level must be maintained at all times.
He reasoned that it was therefore imperative for parents to make their wards know that their lives depend on water.

His words “The brain of a child contains 90 percent of water hence if a child does not take enough water, his or her brain wont function to the maximum.
According to Oyediran if a child stays between two and three hours without water, he would be dehydrated. He therefore suggested that on daily basis, parents should put sachets of water in their wards’ school bags so that they would drink during school hours.


Source: The Guardian (Nigeria)

May 14, 2013 |

Students Tasked to Show More Interest In The Sciences

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Students in Ogun State have been reminded that the world is now a global village because of technological breakthrough and innovation made possible by knowledge of the sciences.

In this wise, they need to develop more interest in science subjects in order to be relevant in the new world order.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela gave the charge today in Abeokuta while presenting gifts to some students of Sacred Heart Catholic School, Oke-Ilewo Abeokuta, who did the State proud at the recently concluded 9th National Science Festival of schools and quiz competition in Lagos.

Odubela explained that in its tradition of rewarding excellence, the State government embarked on the gesture to appreciate the students and encourage them and other students to improve on their performances in similar contest in the future. Odubela noted that:

Rewarding excellent performance has become a tradition for us in the State that is why this is coming at a time like this to motivate the students

He assured that the State Government would be unrelenting in its stride to ensure educational development of the State, having realized the need to prepare her students adequately for their challenges as leaders of the future.
Responding on behalf of other awardees, Master Toba Ogunfolaji who ascribed the success to hard work and God’s favour, appreciated the State Government for the gesture, describing it as the energizer needed to perform better in future competitions.

Ogun State emerged the third best in the competition which featured 56 schools from 21 States in the country.


Source: OGTV Website

May 11, 2013 |

Ogun Shuts 160 Illegal Schools

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Barr Segun Odubela - Commissioner for Education, Science & TechnologyThe state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology; Mr. Segun Odubela, in a report issued in Abeokuta on Thursday on the kickoff of the second phase of the clampdown on illegal schools, said those affected were shut within the last two weeks of the exercise.

Lamenting that operators of such illegal schools are damaging the future of children of Ogun State with their selfish objectives. The Commissioner also said among the 160 illegal schools were some staffed by persons with no formal education beyond primary level.

“In one case, a proprietor housed children within her provision store, regularly leaving the children to attend to customers. Others were found operating in dangerous uncompleted buildings and other unsuitable premises.”

While revealing that government officials are now being deployed to confirm the registration status of every private school in the state, Odubela said “those unregistered, but deemed capable of meeting the standard would be given the opportunity to regularise their status, whilst those considered not capable of meeting the requirements would be closed immediately.”

He also noted that the timing of the exercise was been planned to minimise disruption to the children, such that by the end of the current term, every school status would be known and published, allowing parents to make informed choices for their children.

Odubela recalled that first of the five cardinal programmes of the Amosun administration is the provision of affordable qualitative education, adding that “in addition to abolishing school fees and providing free education, including the distribution of free text books and infrastructural materials to public schools, the government has a statutory duty to regulate education being provided in the private sector.”

He gave the assurance that the state government is committed to putting a stop to the menace of illegal schools “because some people who are not qualified to provide education or whose premises do not meet the required standard are insistent on operating illegal schools as a money making venture.”

He said Ogun State, being the cradle of modern education, would not be associated with substandard education.


Source: Channels TV website

May 10, 2013 |

Airtel Commissions Primary School in Ogun State

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airtelFirst Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun has commended Leading Telecommunications Services Provider, Airtel Nigeria for partnering with the State Government in providing educational opportunities for less privileged children and for uplifting the standard of education in the country.

The First Lady who was speaking, yesterday, at the commissioning ceremony of one of Airtel’s Adopted School in the State, St. John’s Primary School, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, said she was overwhelmed that a company would decide on its own, unsolicited, to move into an area and offer to serve humanity by providing world class educational opportunities, exceptional learning facility and other support for underprivileged children.

I feel really overwhelmed by Airtel’s Adopt-A-School programme. Airtel came here unsolicited and is already doing so much. If only all of us can reach out the way Airtel has done, our society and, indeed, the world will be a better place.

“Airtel is not here today to market its products but to give back to our society. It has transformed St. John’s Primary School, provided bags, uniforms and text books for all the kids. This is commendable and should be emulated.

She also called on the concerned community to protect the facilities for the realization of the objectives of the school. “To the people of Ijebu-Igbo, Airtel has given us a special gift. I urge you to guard this school with your lives and ensure that it remains in great condition for our children to learn.”

Speaking earlier, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya said the company’s vision and commitment to providing quality education is premised on the need to build a better future for the young generation of Nigerians through quality education.

“Without a doubt, quality education offers children the best opportunity in life to realise their dreams and become the leaders of tomorrow. A great environment is also critical to the development of a sound mind. It is, therefore, in recognition of the importance of education and as part our Corporate Social Responsibility vision that we have committed to the adoption of public primary schools across Nigeria,” he stated.

Continuing, the CEO reiterated the commitment of the company to strategic partnerships that would drive further its vision of helping to develop the education sector in the country. He said that good companies give back to communities and if a company wants to be a great company it has to be a good one first.

“Our commitment to the people of Ogun State and Nigerians is long term. We will remain part of the schools we have adopted and we will continue to maintain the necessary support and care. As a matter of fact, our employees have volunteered to support this programme,” Ogunsanya said.

The pupils of St. John’s Primary School responded to the kind gesture of Airtel by staging a well-choreographed music and dance presentation in honour of the Telco Operator. Speaking on their behalf, the Head Teacher of the School, Mrs. Victoria Boyejo showered encomiums on Airtel, commending the Telco Operator for transforming the school environment and for providing all other resources to aid learning.

The First Lady unveiled the plaque in the presence of about 700 guests comprising top government officials, traditional rulers, indigenes and pupils and teachers of St. John’s Primary School.

Key guests at the occasion included the Director: Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria, Emeka Oparah; the Chairman, Ijebu North Local Government Area, Otunba Olaide Osifeso; Oba M.A. Yusuf, the Sopen Lukale, Oke-Sopen and Oba H.O. Abass, the Beje Ruko, Oke-Agbo, both in Ijebu-Igbo among other distinguished guests.

Airtel’s Adopt-A-School initiative is part of the company’s umbrella CSR program and it focuses on the education of underprivileged children in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of universal primary education. At present, similar initiatives have been completed in Imo and Cross River States in addition to the flagship effort at Oremeji Primary School 2 in Lagos.

May 10, 2013 |
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