By Olainka Latona
LAGOS—The Executive Director, Academic Excellence Initiative, AEI, Faheed Olajide, has urged the Federal Government to invest more in education in to order to position the country for development and also to achieve meaningful socio-economic transformation.
Speaking during a spelling Bee competition tagged: ‘The Spelling Champ’ powered by Karagold Educonsult in conjunction with AEI and Cutting Edge Experience Initiative, Olajide noted that education is the biggest and most important investment to build a new Nigeria.
He added that education is the way to build human capacity and the nation as a whole.
In his words: “A lot of money is going into entertainment and sporting industry; we want money to go into education. We are doing our best to inculcate learning skills into the young ones, so that they would grow up imbibed with the culture of excellence and we would have a better generation of Nigerians in the future.”
Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer, Karagold Educonsult, Karamah Shogbuyi and CEO, Cutting Edge Experience Initiative, Mrs. Habeeba Alagbe said the event was to make the pupils become better in spellings, improve their vocabulary and use of English.
The competition according to Shogbuyi is for private primary and secondary schools and it has no government funding: “The competitors are into three categories. In the first category, the tiny tots, we have 35 contestants; second category, kiddies, we have 60; and the third category, young stars, we have 25. All the contestants would go back home with gifts but the first, second and third position, from each category would get something more, including, a trophy, books, educational materials and spellers game . It would get better as the year goes by” she said.
Mrs. Alagbe said the pupils, through the event, would become eloquent in speech.
She urged the pupils to get educated in the midst of having fun. “Take your education serious, have fun, get educated and apply your education wisely,” she said.