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Nigeria Wins Entrepreneurship Competition Hosting Right

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sageNigeria is to host the 2013 World Students’ Global Entrepreneurship competition in Abuja on Aug. 6- 12, an official announced here on Wednesday.

The president of the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE), Agwu Amogu, said Nigeria edged out Ukraine and South Korea to win the hosting rights.

Amogu said the competition, now in its 11th edition, was tagged “The SAGE World Cup”.

“The SAGE mission is to create the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders whose innovations and social enterprises are to address the major needs of our global community,” he added.

“It engages young people in hands-on learning process on how to create wealth and also on how to help others and their communities, ” he said.

“This is an honor and opportunity for Nigeria and Africa, as some of the world’s brightest young people will come to Nigeria and experience Africa’s business environment, culture and hospitality,” Amogu added.

He said SAGE was a transnational social movement initiated to create a conscious effort to galvanize the enormous creative energies and resources in the world to eradicate poverty.

The program will also help to make future dreams come true for Nigerian young people by teaching them entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills needed to be successful.

“We are expecting approximately 30 delegates of secondary school champion teams from USA, South Africa, Canada, Ukraine, South Korea, Britain, Uganda, Ghana, and Zambia,” he said.

Other delegates being expected are Kenya, United Arab Emirates, Sweden, Russia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, China, Jamaica, Ireland, Burundi and Liberia.

Amogu said the teenage entrepreneurs from across the world would showcase their innovative business and community service projects to a panel that would determine the team most creative in entrepreneurship.

He said the competition would highlight each country’s SAGE team culture while their embassies in Nigeria would perform songs, dance and make multimedia presentations and exchange arts and crafts.


Source: Global Times

July 28, 2013 |

Cynosure to Hold Competition for FCT Schools

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The producers of the business magazine programme, Telemart, Cynosure Communications Limited, say all is set for the hosting of the second edition of a talent hunt competition for primary and secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The competition, tagged the Nigeria of my dreams, with the theme, “The Manifesto- How I Can Make Nigeria Great”, will see 13 schools compete using the medium of drama, poetry, prose and music.

Speaking at a media interaction session yesterday, managing director of the communication outfit, Mrs. Ngozi Nd-Alichi, said the competition was borne out of a passion in leading a moral rebirth in children.

She said, “This is our contribution towards instilling a sense of pride, patriotism and love for fatherland in our future leaders while encouraging competitiveness which is the hallmark of excellence.”

Nd-Alichi wh is also the initiator of the programme, further stated that the competition is a value based platform, which brings children together with the aim to inculcate the right values and attitudes in them, adding that “the event was birthed out of passion for the intellectual and moral development of children keying into the transformation programme of the current administration. It aims at moral rebirth and value reorientation of children for a better society.”

She said 13 schools will participate in the competition which will see the winners receive a sterling performance award from ace media practitioner, Mr. Peter Igho.

Speaking earlier, Igho, a former director-general of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), highlighted the negative impact of unguided social network on children even as he harped on strict parental supervision of the kind of information children are exposed to and urged parents to provide the right examples for their wards by developing a model for them to grow by.


Source: Leadership Newspaper

June 10, 2013 |

National School’s Plays: Abuja Pupils Canvass Inter-Ethnic Tolerance, Unity

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Their grandfathers and grandmothers, fathers and mothers may be at war in the political arena, threatening the very corporate existence of the country with unguarded, infantile utterances.

To the shame of such men and women of evil intent for the country though, Christ’s words had a resonate fulfilment in the dramatic spectacles put up by pupils of the 12 schools that participated in yesterday’s grand finale of the National Schools’ Dramatised Storytelling Competition in Abuja: “Out of the mouths of babes and suckling came perfect praise” in respect of the way forward for our dear country, Nigeria.

Organised by the National Troupe of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Ms. Bikiya Graham-Douglas led Beeta Universal Arts Foundation, the play competition’s theme – “Nigeria: A Hundred Years Of Existence – Our Story So Far” – fitted well into the centenary of the country’s amalgamation, which celebration is gathering momentum, and most significantly provided a vista for young Nigerians to proffer solutions to the seemingly intractable problem of national unity. Their panacea? We should all shun ethnic bigotry, tolerate one another and work in unison to build a prosperous and virile Nigeria.

Before a packed, quality audience at the National Centre For Women Development, Abuja, pupils from a dozen public and private schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) drew a rich and colourful tapestry of Nigeria’s history since independence, warts and all, in enthralling drama presentations belying their ages.

Such was the riveting oeuvre served up by the young Nigerian Thespians that at the end of the four-hour long play presentations, the five-member panel of judges evidently had a hard time deciding the winners and runners up.

After a thorough scrutiny though, Ideal Basic School, Kubwa came tops in the primary school category of the competition, receiving a trophy, Desktop Computer, printer and a state-of-the-art scanner for their efforts. Bankys Private School, Gaduwa estate was second and La-Vogue International School, Kurudu took the third position, receiving laptops and printers as prizes.

In the secondary school category, Government Secondary School, Lugbe was adjudged first and received the top prizes of a trophy, a projector, laptop and printer while School For The Gifted, Gwagwalada and Crest International School, Mararaba took second and third position in that order. The School For The Gifted received a project and laptop as prizes while Crest International got a printer for their effort.

At the event were the representative of the Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, officials of the ministry, Artistic Director/CEO, National Troupe of Nigeria, Mr. Martin Adaji and dramatic arts connoisseurs from around the country.


Source: Leadership Newspaper

June 10, 2013 |

Nigeria to Host Africa Science Olympiad

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The Nigerian Turkish Nile University (NTNU) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Mathematical Center (NMC) is set to host the fourth annual International Science Olympiad (ISO) from May 27th to 31st in Abuja. The Olympiad will bring together science students from twenty one countries across the world.

The forum is one of the only two Regional Olympiads in Africa with no less than twenty one countries from around the world competing to be picked as one of the top young international science students of the competition.

According to organisers, the competition is for nineteen-year old secondary school students who are curious in science and willing to pursue a career in the sciences.

This event, they said, is an excellent way of tapping into the potentials of young students who need encouragement in the sciences and a time to recognise outstanding achievements of these students, in the sciences.

The intent of the Olympiad, Prof. Huseyin Sert, Vice Chancellor of the NTNU in a press statement yesterday said is to encourage students to get themselves more involved in the sciences. “We are particular about Africa. There are various Olympiads organised around the world but little chance is given to Africa. Africa as a whole has only two regional Olympiads. Over the years the numbers of participants have grown and we hope that in the future African countries will be given more prominence in the various Olympiads around the world.”

He added that, the lack of encouragement and motivation in sciences has contributed to the decline of students registering in science subjects in higher institutions, which has also contributed to failure in sciences in exams.

Participants will be tested on a wide science knowledge, concepts, science processes and thinking skills and science application and technology.

Countries expected include Turkey, Mali, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Uganda, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Afghanistan, Malawi, Mauritania, Togo, Senegal and South Africa.


Source: Daily Trust

May 29, 2013 |

Nigerian whiz kids set to dazzle the world in Maths competition in July – NMC boss

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National Mathematical Centre logoMathematics is the most dreaded and hated of all science subjects. Yet, it has been variously described as “the queen of the sciences” and indeed “the beautiful queen” not loved by many.

The National Mathematical Centre (NMC) under Professor Adewole Solarin is working hard to demystify this phobia and make Nigeria “a maths-loved” nation. He has already vowed that some Nigerian whiz kids he is currently grooming would dazzle the world in Mathematical competitions at the African Mathematics fiesta holding in Nigeria in July, 2013.

Solarin, the Director-General of National Mathematical Centre, Sheda, Abuja, was optimistic that Nigerian school children would break the Guinness Records in Rubik’s Cube, one of the competitions to be featured at the event, which would be a convergence of African Mathematicians, students inclusive on Nigeria under the auspices of African Congress of Mathematicians (PACOM).

A 12-Year-old Nigerian child, Master Samuel Chilaka demonstrated this last week at the zonal competition of Rubik’s Cube Competition in Abuja when he solved a puzzle in record 26.7 seconds. The event was held at Regina Pacis College, Abuja. Chilaka a JSS II student of International Model Academy, Abuja, who wants to become an Architect, in the future, was mystical and adept in his movement of the Cubes in resolving the game.

Another student, a 13-year-old, Dahiru Mohammed, from the same International Model Academy, said to be owned by the National Mathematical Centre, also dazzled at the event as he clinched the second position. He finished at 36.7 seconds while 11-year-old Girl of Regina Pacis College, emerged third with an average of 67.7 seconds.

The NMC boss while explaining the game, said “Rubik’s Cube is an internationally recognised game. It has been classified as one of the wonders of the modern world. It was invented in the late 70s by Rubik and since then, there have been international competitions all over the world because it is recognised as one of those things that can determine how gifted or how talented a child is”.

According to him, “if a child is able to master the solution of the Rubik’s Cube within a short time and then able to solve it within a short time, it shows that that child is actually intelligent”.

During the Mathematical fiesta, Nigeria would host the 2013 Pan African Mathematics Olympiads (PAMO) in which African students will compete to select Africa’s best student in mathematics.

The African Mathematical Union (AMU) in collaboration with the entire mathematics community in Nigeria, comprising National Mathematical Centre; Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN); Nigerian Mathematical Society and the government of Nigeria would also host a retinue of African mathematical Scientists and the rest of the mathematical world in a two-week conference to brain storm on how to use the subject to transform the continent.

In preparation towards ensuring the successful hosting of the event and to ascertain Nigeria’s readiness in terms of the provision of world class facilities for the hosting of the intellectual fiesta, the President of the African Mathematical Union (AMU), Professor Saliou Toure from Cote d’Ivoire was in Nigeria to inspect facilities in preparation for the arrival of guests and commencement of the congress and competition.

The theme of the Congress: “Contemporary Developments in the Mathematical Sciences as Tools for Scientific and Technological Transformation of Africa” was designed to deepen the understanding and practical application of Algebra and Number Theory, Real, Complex, Global and Functional Analysis as well as Probability, Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematical Modelling, Mathematics Education and History of Mathematics to tackling Africa’s security and economic challenges.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

May 24, 2013 |

Dramatised Storytelling Competition for Schools 2013

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The National Troupe of Nigeria is set to host the second edition of the annual dramatised storytelling competition for schools. This time the competition will be held for schools in Lagos and Abuja. The maiden edition of the dramatised storytelling competition which is held in line with the National Troupe’s objectives of providing a platform for the discovery and showcasing of talents featured students from primary and secondary school in Lagos. The competition is also being held to celebrate, Nigeria’s one hundred years of existence. But specifically, the coordinator of the dramatized storytelling competition and Director of Drama of the National Troupe Ms Josephine Igberaese says the programme is being held this year to also complement the January 18th 1980’s resolutions on storytelling adopted by the conference on folklore held under the auspices of the Centre for Nigeria cultural Studies, the Federal Ministry of Culture and UNESCO to encourage the preservation and promotion of Nigeria folklore. “Since the storytelling is the science of the survival of old beliefs and customs in modern times, and the study of ancient observances and customs, the notions, beliefs, traditions, superstitions and prejudices of the common people-this therefore is the task ahead of those intellectual gathering of students from schools to examine how the dictates of storytelling could be effectively utilized to achieve national integration through this carefully selected sub-theme”, Igberaese said.

Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Troupe, Mr. Martin Adaji, says the competition aims at ensuring meaningful communication of all aspects of storytelling. Adaji said it is designed to explore how storytelling could be utilized to correct inadequacies of the youth especially in the age of technological advancement. “I am sure with technology where with just a dash on the internet you can get all information you need, people will ask why story telling. But the facts are that our brains become more active when we tell stories. Whether it is a novel, a movie or simply something one of our friends is explaining to us, because they come in words and sounds, which are often by improvisation or embellishment. Since it is 100 years of Nigeria existence as a nation, the chosen theme cannot be anything but the unification or the act of bringing together the diverse and at times conflicting educational, social, political, economic, religious, ethnic and cultural element in our society into one single whole”, Adaji said.

The Artistic Director expressed optimism that the programme will in the long run achieve its intended aim which is to “re-organize and restructure our youth’s mindset to ward off destructive and insidious influences brought about by films, songs, magazines and telecommunication gadgets all of which becloud their young minds”. According to Adaji: “It is for this reason that we have initiated this project as a way of helping to bring back our fading storytelling tradition”.

Billed to hold in Lagos and Abuja in the last week of May and first week of June 2013, the competition, which is opened to primary and secondary schools in and around Lagos and Abuja will begin with the preliminaries and elimination stages. Like in the maiden edition, which was staged at the National Theatre, schools that scale the elimination stages will perform to a very large audience, which will include art patrons. Certificates of participation and valuable educational materials will be awarded to successful participating schools. A statement from the Troupe also indicates that each school participating in the competition will be allowed to choose their own method and mode of presentation.

However, stories to be re-enacted can include music, drama, puppetry or any other visual element and must be related to Nigeria’s 100 years of existence, as well as teach morals that in our diversity, lies our unity as a nation.


Source: The Guardian

May 15, 2013 |

Google Science Fair 2013

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Google-Science-Fair-2013The Google Science Fair is an online science competition to champion young scientific talent and give students across the world an opportunity to showcase ambitious ideas. It is open to students ages 13-18 from around the globe. Students can register on their own, or as teams of up to three. See Official Rules for restrictions about eligibility.

Check out the Previous Years section to view the projects of previous finalists. We’re looking for ideas that will change the world.  To get started, all you’ll need is a Google account.

Registration

Registration is FREE. To get started, all you’ll need is a Google account.

Students can sign up by visiting www.googlesciencefair.com, and clicking the green “Start your project” button. For more info, just visit the How to Enter page.

Prizes

The Grand Prize includes

  • 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions and $50,000 in scholarship funding – and it will truly change your life.
  • $50,000 Google scholarship intended to further the Grand Prize winner’s education. If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.
  • Choice of hands-on experience at one of these partner organizations: LEGO, CERN or GOOGLE

Grand Prize winner’s school

  • Digital Access to Scientific American archives for your School
  • $10,000 grant from Google to invest as they wish.

Several other prizes for various categories and finalists.

Deadline:

30th April, 2013 (11:59:59 PST i.e 7:59:59 Nigeria)

February 20, 2013 |

Cowbell Mathematics Competition 2013

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cowbell Mathematics Competition 2013The 13th edition of the Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) has been inaugurated. The Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathmatics competition is an event sponsored by Cowbell Milk (a quality food product from Promasidor Nigeria Limited) and approved by Federal Ministry of Education. It is widely acclaimed as one of the most credible educational competitions in Nigeria that truly seeks to reward excellence, demystifying mathematics as a subject and awakening the consciousness and interest of secondary school students in the country in in the subject.

There are prizes for Candidates and Teachers both at the State and National Levels. Apart from cash prizes, the National Champions and their Teachers will be sponsored to an all-expense paid vacation. The best three schools in each category will receive Mathematics Textbooks and High Class Sign Post bearing the name of the school. In addition, the schools producing the Prize Winner in each category at the National level will receive 5 Desk top Computers and a Printer each.

How to Enter

  • The Competition is open to students from 10 – 18 years of age attending full time Secondary Education in both Public and Private Schools in Nigeria.
  • Entry into this competition is FREE: forms can be assessed on either the company’s website or headquarters’ office, stressing that the forms have to be properly filled, stamped and signed by the school principal but presented by the participating students to the officials at the examination centre at every stage of the competition.
  • Each School is required to present their BEST 6 (SIX) students in Mathematics (3 from JSS3 and 3 from SSS2), irrespective of sex, religion, tribe or state of origin, to enhance their chance of qualifying for the next stage of the competition.

Special Raffle Draw

All students are required to bring two (2) empty 400 gram sachets of Cowbell milk to the first stage examination centres to participate in the raffle draw to win the following branded prizes: Rechargeable Lamps, Golf Bags, Portable Audio Players, Wall Clocks, Wristwatches, Scientific Calculators and School Bags.

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February 11, 2013 |