By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
About one hundred and fifty primary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) last weekend participated in the 2019 addition of Korea-Nigeria Drawing competition organized by the Korean Cultural Center in Nigeria (KCCN) after which ten successful schools received different awards and consolation prices.
Speaking at the award giving ceremony for the successful schools, the Director of Korean Cultural Center in Nigeria (KCCN), Lee Ji Su, said the pupils did great jobs, adding that they are all winners given the quality of their output.
He said he was moved by the quality of works done by the pupils, noting that through the competition, it has become clear that Nigerians have talents in arts and drawings.
He said these talents in the pupils can be developed to make them responsible members of the society. He said there is need for the teachers to encourage the pupils to continue to participate in and practicing the drawing competition.
Also speaking, the chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), represented by Irene Okafor, commended the KCCN for partnering the Commission in the drawing competition. She said the competition had been which has been on for ten years, is always sponsored by the Korean government with no assistance from Nigerian government.
She said that out of the 150 schools which took part in the competition, only ten schools were successful, including the 1st to 3rd positions and seven consolation prices. However, she urged that the date for the competition should be adjusted to when schools are in session to ensure effective participation by the pupils.
In the same vein, the Director of Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) in FCT, Adamu Jatau Noma, represented by Barau Habiba, described the pupils as wonderfully creative, even as he thanked the Korean government for their efforts and contributions toward the education of Nigerian pupils, including building of schools.
He expressed joy that the Korea – Nigeria annual drawing competition which started ten years ago, has been institutionalized in the FCT schools, adding that through such competition, the bilateral ties between Nigeria and Korea has been cemented.
She said also that the competition will lead ultimately to self reliance and economic development of the pupils, he he assured that the FCT UBEB will continue to corporate with the KCCN in making the pupils available.
Similarly, the FCT President of Arts Teachers Association (ATA), Adamu Sani, reminded the teachers that opportunity has been crested for them to ensure that the creativity of the pupils is sustained. He said through the competition and training in arts and drawing, they can touch the lives of the pupils and justify the huge investment of the Korean government in the project.
Meanwhile, in the competition which both public and private primary schools in FCT took part, Ruwo Wodi, a pupil of SPS Kwali, came first, wining a Laptop computer, while Adache Demian from Smart Academy Abuja, came second winning a DVD portable player, and Habibah Jejoshephat, a pupil from LEA Primary school Abuja, came third, winning a Bluetooth speaker, including other seven winners who won different consolation prices.