Africell Supports NSU-SL Inter-Secondary School Quiz Competition
Africell on Saturday 2nd February, 2013 sponsored, for the second consecutive time, the Nigerian Students Union–Sierra Leone (NSU-SL) Inter-Secondary Schools Quiz Competition held at the British Council Hall in Freetown.
Eight schools were expected to participate in the competition which included the Sierra Leone Grammar School, Bo School, Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Makeni, St. Francis Secondary School, Makeni, Holy Trinity and Holy Rosary, Kenema but only six participated: the Sierra Leone Grammar School, Bo School, St. Joseph’s Convent, Makeni, Holy Trinity and Holy Rosary, Kenema.
Africell’s Head of Events and Sponsorship, Arthur Bockarie Kallon said that Africell always supports education and other sectors to enhance the development of the country underlining that “education is the key to the development of any country. Furthermore, Africell believes that mobile phone companies do not only provide communication but should also contribute to the development of the country and transforms their subscribers.”
He further acclaimed the innovation of NSU-SL.
NSU-SL Secretary General, Wale Olopade lauded Africell for the partnership and invaluable contributions to the education sector among others in the development of Sierra Leone as well as adherence to its corporate social responsibility and the Nigerian Embassy, British Council and other business houses for their support.
According to Wale Olopade, the competition is to improve the standard of education in the country and the Africa continent as a whole revealing that the Union has for the past two years organized the competition for Senior Secondary School III pupils taking the West Africa Examinations Certificate (WAEC) Examination to help them excel.
He further appealed to government for support as NSU-SL has plans to make the competition international but is constrained by limited resources.
“Due to the non-participation of some invited schools, next year’s selection of schools will be very competitive. This is due to the fact that education is the key to the development of any nation,” Wale Olopade noted.
The first prize for the competition is a 21st century public address system multi-usage, with the second and third prize winners clinching similar prizes due to the non-availability of the facility in most schools while all the participating pupils will be awarded consolation prizes.
Questions for the quiz were drawn from Mathematics, the Sciences, Arts, Commercial and current affairs.
Bo School emerged winner, seconded by St. Joseph’s Convent Freetown; the Sierra Leone Grammar, third and St. Joseph’s Convent, Makeni fourth.
All the participating schools commended Africell for its contribution to nation-building and laudable venture to promote education.
By A. R. Bedor
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