AEI urges FG to invest more in education
The federal government has been urged to put in more money and funding into the educational system in the country.
Executive Director, Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI), Faheed Olajide, said education is the biggest and most important investment to build a new Nigeria. He urged the federal government to invest more into education, saying that is the way to build human capacity and the nation as a whole.
Olajide spoke in Lagos, during a ‘Spelling bee champ’ organised by Karagold Educonsult in conjunction with AEI and Cutting Edge Experience Initiative.
The ‘Spelling bee champ’, he said, aims to enlighten and encourage youngsters to face their studies and gain scholarship.
“A lot of money is going into entertainment and sport; we want money to go into education. We are doing our best to inculcate learning skills into the youngsters, so that they would grow up imbibed with the culture of excellence and we would have a better generation of Nigerians in the future,” he said.
He added that the competition would also contribute to the development of the educational system in Nigeria, saying that such exposure would challenge the pupils to put in more efforts to learning.
Olajide called for government and other stakeholder’s partnership on the ‘spelling bee champ’.
Chief Executive Officer, Karagold Educonsult, Karamah Shogbuyi, said the event was to make the pupils become better spellers, improve their vocabulary and use of English.
“The competition would make the pupils better; they would present words carefully and write well.”
The competition, she said, is basically 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, youngsters, 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.
She urged the pupils to keep working hard and not allow the internet and social media language affect them. “Once the pupils can spell well, it would influence them in all other areas of life,” she said.
Chief Executive Officer, Cutting edge experience initiative, Mrs Habeeba Alagbe, said the pupils, through the event, would become eloquent in speech.
This, she said would enable them to be effective and efficient in all they do, either in business or other spheres of life.
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.
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