IN LINE with Anambra State Ministry of Basic Education’s vision to manage Anambra educational system as an asset and a catalyst for consistent human capacity improvement, the state government is to build ‘Educational and Creativity Hub’.
The state commissioner for Basic Education, Kate Omenugha stated this at the presentation of prizes to 2019 Governorship Debate winners in a ceremony held at the conference hall of the ministry at the Jerome Udorji Secretariat, Awka. The hub, she said would be a conglomeration of many facilities that will house an auditorium, Library, Information and Communication Technology centre, suites and other facilities for the good of students.
“We want a place where students can stay, even overnight to prepare for championship. Each time we want to prepare students for debate, we lodge them in hotels and it costs us lot of money. We want a place that will be more conducive for them with other learning facilities to aid them.”
The commissioner applauded the prizewinners but charged them do better. She said the state wants schools from the state to excel at the international level. “Our target is to win the World Debate Championship. Yes, we can. Tell yourself, you can do that. If we can beat Barbados, in a preliminary match in Indonesia that means we have international capability.”
Prof. Omenugha reiterated that the state wants creative students not just good in public speaking but students who are resourceful, people who can match out on their own, students who are versatile and knowledgeable. “Sometimes, you wouldn’t know what you would be asked to debate in entrepreneurship speech. How wide you read will help you make your point. So what we want is to have all round students that will be proud that they are ndi Anambra, and of course people from other states that are enjoying what we are doing.”
The prize presentation has Handmaids Infant Jesus Nursery/Basic School, Awka, winning the primary school category with an award of N350,000, Mount Olive School, GRA, Onitsha, and Creative Model International School, Iyiowa Odekpe, Ogbaru Local Government Area, came second and third with cash prize of N250, 000 and N150,000 respectively.
In the secondary school category, All Hallows Seminary, Onitsha, emerged the overall winner with a prize money of N350,000, with Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia,, as the runner up with N250, 000, prize money and St. Charles College, Onitsha winning N150,000 for the third place.