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Anambra pupils shine in national contest



MORE academic laurels came to Anambra State last week as  Government Technical College (GTC), Onitsha and Community High School (CHS), Nanka, won their contemporaries from other schools across Nigeria.

  In the competition which was organised by Students Advancement Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE),  the schools from Anambra State came third and fourth respectively. The  participants were drawn from all the 36 states of the country.

  While GTC Onitsha won the First Time Best Presenters’ Award, CHS Nanka went home with an Excellence Award at the contests that took place at Nigeria Air Force Conference Centre, Abuja on January 20.

  Expressing her delight upon receiving the victorious Anambra contingent at her office, Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha reiterated Gov. Willie Obiano’s commitment to raising the bar on the entire education sector as an indelible legacy he intend to leave behind.

  Prof. Omenugha also commended the students, their principals and instructors to stating that Anambra will continue to reward those who make the state proud, promising to present their success story at next state executive council meeting.

  According to her, the latest honours like the earlier ones are eternal returns on investment to the state which has not spared anything from making learning and teaching attractive to school children as cutting edge in the global order.

  Omenugha added that she was elated by the children’s achievements as it was the first time they would participate in SAGE competition.

  The students come up tops with their projects solving entrepreneurial or societal problems through conversion of polythene into biodegradable materials, conversion of carbon-IV-oxide into gas to reduce ozone layer depletion and improve life expectancy.

  Other projects displayed by the Anambra team included conversion of wastes into wealth and turning wastes into electricity, gas and other valuables as well as an App that detects counterfeit currency and another App that translates languages.

  They also developed an App that gives information on a missing child, if data was downloaded into the child’s parents’ android phones.

  Master Kingsley Mba from GTC, Onitsha, and Master Jeremiah Udenze from CHS, Nanka lauded Gov. Obiano’s investment in public schools, pledging to remain focused on their studies in appreciation to the governor’s fatherly role in their upbringing.

  It will be recalled that SAGE is a global entrepreneurship programme that emphasises civic duties and responsibility among secondary school students.

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