By Edith Igbokwe
First and second positions in the Chinese Bridge competition
Two public schools from education district VI made it to the star prize position as well as runner up position in the recently concluded Chinese Bridge competition among public and private schools in Lagos state, of which four public schools participated among thirteen schools enrolled in the 2018 fourth edition series.
The competition was divided into three categories, the Quiz, Debate/dance and song rendition in Chinese language.
The first position goes to Nnamani Miracle, lkeja Senior Grammar school, Ikeja with a cash prize of N50,000 and to represent the state at Hanban, China in October 2018.
TG/PS, Onadipe with the first and fourth positions both from District VI
Second position, Precious Jorasan, Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Senior High School, Maryland also won a cash prize of N50,000, will also represent the state at Hanban, China come October 2018.
Other two students, Ibrahim Akinwale and Aminu Khadijat of Mende Senior High School, Mende and Unity Senior High School, Oshodi respectively won the consolation cash prize of N50,000 each for their performance in overall competition.
Nigerian flag was held high alongside the Chinese’s for the victory recorded in the foreign language competition.
The Tutor General Permanent Secretary Education District VI, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Onadipe expressed her joy over the victory the District has recorded which practically signified their slogan ‘VI’ which means ‘ Victory plus One ‘ and has ever been active.
The Principal of Ikeja Senior Grammar School, Prince H.A Kosoko said, “I’m happy, kudos to Miracle who has made the school proud and a big thanks to their committed teacher who comes from University of Lagos every Tuesday to deliver quality teachings.”
Nnamani Miracle expressed his joy over great achievement of the day and also appreciated the foreign language teacher, Mrs. Ying Laoshi for her great effort contributed.
According to the Director of Multilingual International Resource Centre, Maryland, Mrs. Hasstrup Taiwo, the Chinese bridge competition was introduced to Lagos State Secondary Schools by Chinese government through the Confucius institute in the University of Lagos, Akoka, and was basically to showcase the Chinese culture as well as enhance proficiency in the language by foreign learners.
She also recounted how the Lagos State Ministry of Education has been sponsoring the international examinations up till date.