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12 Children Emerge Winners In National Essay Competition The Nigerian

By Innocent Onoh

Conservation Foundation (NCF) has announced 12 intelligent and creative students as winners in the 15th edition of the NCF/Ambassador Aduke Alakija Memorial National Schools’ Art & Essay competition with the theme “Only One Earth”.

It also revealed the distribution of over a million naira to the winners.

NCF in a release said the competition was widely applied for across the nation.

According to the foundation, the winners are Adegbola Marvellous Toluwani, 1st place in the Junior category of the essay competition; Alawode Abdul-lateef, 2nd place in the Junior category of the essay competition; Oyelola Moyosola, 3rd place in the Junior category of the essay competition; Ayodele Mercy Kehinde, 1st place in the senior category of the essay competition and Ademuluyi Oreoluwa, 2nd place in the senior category of the essay competition.

Others are Precious Nneoma, 3rd place in the senior category of the essay competition; Udoh Destiny Godwin, 1st place in the Junior category of the Art competition; Subair Destiny, 2nd place in the Junior category of the Art competition and Usman Amirat, 3rd place in the Junior category of the Art competition.

Also in the list of winners are Adesina James, 1st place in the senior category of the Art competition; Giwa Omolabake Naomi, 2nd place in the senior category of the Art competition and Opayemi Emmanuel, 3rd place in the senior category of the Art competition.

NCF further remarked that,”Environmental education is a key focus of the NCF in reaching the Nigerian students and youths across all levels of education, hence the establishment of the annual National Schools’ Art & Essay competition in honour of one of its founding trustees, late Ambassador Aduke Alakija.

“The annual National Schools’ Art & Essay competition was first held in 1988 as part of NCF’s education and awareness programme in the formal school system.

“The art competition is open to anyone between 5 – 18 years old, while the essay competition is open to anyone between 12-18 years of age, in full-time education.

“The entries should be endorsed by the Principal/Head Teacher of the participants’ school and submitted to the State Ministries of Education for initial assessment.

“The best five entries in each of the category are submitted by the 36 State Ministries of Education and the Federal Capital Territory to NCF for the final assessment.

“Winners were decided by NCF’s team of judges, who are professionals in the field of arts and literature.

The 1st positions received sum of one hundred and fifty thousand naira each, 2nd position received sum of one hundred thousand naira each, while the 3rd place received fifty thousand naira each.

“The National Schools’ Art and Essay Competition is a veritable educational and advocacy tool used in engaging youths’ interest in conservation and environmental issues.

Started in 1988, the annual competition has grown from participation of one state to 32 States in 2019, representing approximately 90% geographic spread participation – with over 500 schools”.

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