Nigeria’s representatives at the international spelling bee competition scheduled to take place in Dubai by September are appealing to the federal, state and local government to support them towards making history for the country.
This was disclosed in a telephone conversation with MoneyCentral correspondent in Lafia by the executive Director, Team Head, KRP, FEMA Foundation for education and Migration Awareness Kaneng Rwamg – Pam, convener of the North central Spelling bee competition.
She said the basic challenge faced by the young spellers is the lack of government support, adding that the government has not been very responsive and bold as expected.
Kaneng further highlighted areas of partnership by stakeholders saying they could partner/participate on different levels, some can provide material,some funding for the kid/children to have a good experience and others can provide funds for the workshop that will be held before the competition.
She explained that they just concluded the senior category of the qualifiers for the junior and senior categories and about 30 schools across plateau state will be joining the house of art in Kaduna, Lafia, Abuja and the south-west, south-east and South-south in Dubai.
“In September they will undergo a different test; vocabulary reading test with parents and children from other continents in the world.”
Kaneng further said “they are confident to win the competition or participate well over there, the platform makes the children to be bold, Nigeria has what it takes to go into the competition,” She added.
The executive director therefore emphasised the need for all hands to be on desk to reduce the burden from the parents and relative’s of the students.
Adding that “we are about to hold a program from state, national to international level which will cost about a hundred and fifty million naira. If they have more organizations involved they can go far and also change the face of the country.”
She said it is not just for children, it is designed to improve communication skill, personal leadership skills in children so that they wouldn’t be losers in the future when they become adults.
MoneyCentral recalls that Dooshima Avar, an eleven year old JSS1 student of Princess Adeja International School Gboko, Benue state is to represent Nigeria at the international spelling Bee competition in Dubai by September.