Primary School Pupils showcase their spelling skills at the 5th edition of Community Inter – Schools Spelling Bee

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Saturday, 19th of March, 2022 was indeed a memorable day for Primary School Pupils in Olambe and environs as they displayed their spelling skills at the 5th edition of the annual Community Inter-Schools Spelling Bee put together by Community Gist, a community online media outfit and sponsored by Garu Technologies Nigeria Ltd, an automobile and garage equipment company.

In his welcome address, the Founder of Community Gist and the convener of the Spelling Bee, Azeez Ramon said the event is meant to hone the spelling skills of the participants and to make education attractive to young one.

“We organize this event to bring together future leaders to hone their spelling skills, create a platform for them that would make education attractive and a worthy adventure to embark on.

“There is no doubt that encouraging pupils to enter a spelling bee competition can result in several benefits. The Spelling Bee not only provides a valuable educational experience for your pupils but also allows them to engage in healthy competition. There are many other benefits from this fun activity, which include learning grammar, enhancing vocabulary, competitive spirit, greater knowledge, cognitive skills as well as confidence, Azeez asserted.”

He, however, call on well-meaning Nigerians to be part of the program in order to make it bigger and better. His words: “At this junction, we call on well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organizations who are passionate about educational development to partner with us to make this event bigger and better so that we can impact more pupils as we are determined to motivate and encourage pupils/students to do better academically.”

Azeez rounded up his speech by appreciating the sponsor, partners, and those that contributed one way or the other to the success of the event.

“Finally, I will like to express my profound gratitude to the management and staff of Garu Technologies Nigeria Ltd, the sponsor of this momentous event, particularly the CEO of the company in person of Alhaji Lukman Garu for his love for education and believing in this vision. I also appreciate members of the organizing committee who have been working tirelessly to ensure this event is successful. My sincere appreciation goes to Mr.Basit Saka, Mrs. Rukayat Akintoye, Dover Olayinka, Comrade Taiwo Olusegun, Mrs. Maria Taiwo, Mrs. Theresa Moses (Editor, Gatmash Blog), Mr. Sunday Akeju, Mr. Seun Oguntoyinbo, Mr. Shola, Mr. Olaniyan Joshua, Mr. Ibrahim Opeyemi, Mr. Yusuf Akinlotan (Producer, Moving On, VON), Comrade Dare Ibikunle and other people I couldn’t mention.

“My sincere appreciation also goes to our partners; National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN, Ifo Chapter), KOA Educational Foundation, Community Development Youth Service Initiative (NACOYSI), Glorious Sisters Foundation International, Happy Valley International School, Gatmash Blog, Youth Ambassador for Positive Impact Foundation (YAPI Foundation), Agbado Axis Community Youth Leaders as well as Visionary Movement. I also appreciate Olambe Area CDC and Olambe Town for allowing us to use the Town Hall, this shows the love and passion the community has for education.”

At the end of the competition that comprises of three rounds, Al Huda Islamic School, Oke Oko emerged winner with 40 points, while Al Hikmat School, Agege and Shepherd Voice International School, Matogbun emerged 1st and 2nd runner respectively with 38 points each. There was a tie between Al Hikmat School and Shepherd Voice International School but the 2nd and 3rd were determined through another round of spelling between the 2 schools.

Dignitaries at the event include; Alhaji Ademola Adeagbo (Pioneer Chairman, Maidan United Group of CDAs), Pastor Peter Dada (Vice Chairman, Olambe Area CDC), Rev. (Dr.) Mrs. Bola Okin (Chairperson, Olambe Area CDC Education Management Committee), Mr. Kayode Oguntoyinbo (Secretary, Olambe Area CDC), Arc. Adekoya Mary Olubunmi (Women Leader, Olambe Area CDC) as well as Comrade Adekunle Obasa (Youth Leader, Olambe Area CDC).

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