By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
On Wednesday last week, schools, students and teacherâ€™s who have remained steadfast in making use of Lantern books were amply rewarded by the publishers of the books, Literamed Publications both in cash and through books donation.
The various awards were doled out at the grand finale of the Lantern Verbal and Qualitative Education Bonanza,, an annual competition that involves all schools across the country with the aim of promoting the intellectual and overall development of the Nigeria child.
At the event, the star prize of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) went to the school that produced the grand prize winner. While other schools won complete desktop computers, laptops went to teachers and copies of Lantern books were also given to pupils as well as a number of consolation prizes.
A national draw was also done through which three winners emerged from each of the different zones of the country and a presentation of the prizes they won are to be done at each of the zones at a later date.
According to the Communications Manager of the publishing outfit, Mrs Solape Farotimi, the Lantern Verbal and Quantitative competition has enhanced the ability of the Nigerian child to answer examination questions from various fields conducted both within and outside Nigeria, adding hat the knowledge of verbal and quantitative are widely applied for Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Law School Administration Tests, Medical College Administration test, JAMB examinations, Job Aptitude tests, University Admission test, Scholastic Assessment Tests and so on.
She revealed that the organisers of the event is committed to the total education of the Nigerian child, adding that this was demonstrated recently by donating 65,000 books to children in Lagos State schools, Ogun State and some non-governmental organisations. The competition was introduced by Literamed Publications in 1990.
Farotimi further reiterated the impact which the competition has made on the education of Nigerian children. â€œApart from achievement in the aspect of development of the childâ€™s intellectual capacity, it has emerged as a valuable tool and panacea to wider range of problems posed by the dwindling educational system. And since its inception, the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative aptitude has helped to sharpen problem-solving skills of individuals who passed through the classroom.
She enjoined the young ones to cultivate the habit of reading â€œbecause readers are leaders, and they are always on top.â€