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Students display creativity as ‘spirit of Lagos’ begins

Posted: May 20, 2015 at 12:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase  –  Reporter, Lagos 


As this year’s Spirit of Lagos School Challenge kicks off, public school students have displayed a high level of creativity coming up with various projects useful to the society.

The challenge has participating schools selected from the six education districts in the state with each school represented by a team of students. The teams present their project ideas, using scientific tools and drama, to a panel of judges.

At the unveiling of the challenge in Lagos, Ifesowapo Aboru Senior Secondary School, Alimosho proposed a device for heating up waste products such as plastics and cellophane to produce crude oil.

Government College Ketu, Epe, focused on the need to have maintenance culture as a habit in order to protect school and other public infrastructure.

They also came up with SOT (Save Our Treasure) and DIY (Do It Yourself) as slogans to drive maintenance culture among students and Lagos residents.

While Gberigbe Community Grammar School, Ikorodu identified ways of managing waste in their school, Ajara Senior and Junior Secondary, Badagry, are working on security consciousness and facilities within the school community.

Similarly, Agidingbi Senior Secondary School, Ikeja, called for improved reading culture among students to improve success rates, while the team from Ideal Junior and Senior Girls’ Secondary School, as well as Obele Community Junior and Senior Secondary Schools have transforming the dilapidated sports field into a standard one as project.

Speaking at the programme, Project Director of Spirit of Lagos, Olaniyi Omotoso, said the challenge was designed to enable students come up with workable ideas as part of their contribution towards ensuring the restoration of the past glories of the state and also improve Lagos communities.

He explained that the Spirit of Lagos is a behavioural transformation initiative that challenges Lagos residents to restore, share and protect those values that made Lagos great. He said students have up to three months to bring their ideas to life.

Also speaking, Director, Co-Curricular Services, in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Marion Babs-Akinyeye commended the Spirit of Lagos for initiating the students challenge. She said such an initiative was in tandem with the state government’s efforts to ensure overall development of various communities within the state.

“We commend the Spirit of Lagos for creating this wonderful platform for the students of the state to deploy their creativity in bringing about solutions to the challenges they face in their respective areas.