Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

From TCNEWS

St. Theresa’s Catholic Girls Secondary school, Olokoro, Umuahia South L.G.A, of Abia State have made yet another piece of the Vision Africa Radio School Debate history.

Their win against Methodist Girls Secondary School, Umuahia and Shinning Lord’s Schools was their third final triumph in a row in the debate competition – making them the first school to do so on more than two occasions (2021/2022; 2022/2023; and 2023/2024) in the history of the competition which started 13 years ago.

In the 2022/2023 edition of the debate competition, St. Theresa’s Catholic Girls Secondary School, Olokoro, took the first position, Immaculate International School, Umuahia came second, while Shinning Lord’s Schools picked up the third position.

And in the 2023/2024 edition, the school also came first while the  2nd position goes to Methodist Girls High School, Ugwunchara, Umueze, Umuahia and the 3rd position was picked by Shinning Lord’s School, for the second time.

Speaking during the 13th edition of the Vision Africa Radio 2023/2024 School Debate prize presentation day held in the premises of the radio station, the State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eme-Uche, represented by the Head of Scholarship Department in the Ministry, Mrs Angelina Nkoro, reaffirmed the government’s resolve to sustain partnership with the Staff and Management of Vision Africa Radio 104.1 FM in any programme aimed at bringing out the best in Abia Youths.

The Commissioner who believed that it is a way of making Abia youths conform to the international and societal standards, also pointed out that through this, the youths will be better placed to contribute their quota towards the advancement of the State and Nigeria at large

While appreciating the schools that participated in the debate competition and the students that emerged victorious at the end of the exercise, she encouraged the schools whose students could not make it to the top not to be discouraged but to see it as a stepping stone for better days.

The Commissioner appreciated the staff and Management of Vision Africa Radio 104.1 FM for partnering the Ministry in the development of Abia Youths in the areas of critical thinking skills, spoken English proficiency and public speaking capabilities amongst others.

Speaking also, the Chief Executive Officer of Flo FM,  Chief Raymond Nkemdirim (MFR), said he was thrilled by the performance of the participating schools, adding that programmes like the school debate organized by Vision Africa Radio, deepens the Igbo culture, and cause the younger generation to appreciate the virtues of their ancestors

He encouraged parents to rally round their children and allow them participate in exercises like the school debate, adding that apart from the academic aspect, it makes them to be sound in character and helps in shaping other spheres of their lives.

Mr. Nkemdirim lauded the President and Founder, Vision Africa Radio, Bishop. Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha for coming with such initiative which is in line with his Raymond Nkemdirim Foundation, while calling on other spirited individuals to think home by coming up with similar programmes so that the values and norms of the Igbo culture will be sustained.

In his address, the President and Founder, Vision Africa International, Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, said the whole idea behind the School Debate which has lasted 13 years, is to sharpen the intellect of Secondary School Students and share God’s love

The Methodist Bishop revealed that the best thing one has in life is that which he or she gives out for the betterment of others, saying that that which is in their banks/pockets don’t belong to them but what belongs to them is that which they have sacrificed for the advancement of the society.

He called on good spirited individuals and well meaning Abians to invest home as this is the only way the society can be transformed just as it will assist in building a generation of young leaders who can do better than the present leaders.

Bishop Onuoha  appreciated the participating schools, those who emerged winners, the Teachers that prepared the students, urging them not to relent.

Giving a brief background of what Vision Africa radio station has achieved through the school debate over the years in her opening remarks earlier, the Chief Operating Officer, Vision Africa Radio, Barr. Sarafina Nwokenta, said the programme was meant to sharpen the intellect of the participating schools

She lauded the schools that participated for passing through the rigours of the programme assuring that the programme will keep on improving in the years ahead.

Equally, she appreciated the teachers for impacting and preparing the students for the event.

In a brief speech , Miss Anukanti Assumpta, the year 2022/2023 lead speaker for St. Theresa’s Catholic Girls Secondary School, Olokoro, Umuahia South L.G.A and an undergraduate of University of Calabar, Cross River State, appreciated Vision Africa radio for the annual debate competition, and encouraged the students to keep on improving.

Fielding questions from newsmen after the presentation of the first position award to her school, St.Theresa Girls Secondary School, Olokoro, Umuahia, the Chief Speaker, Miss Mgbemena Chisimdi, who recounted how she missed classes, tests in preparation for the debate, admitted that it was not easy achieving the feat.

She passionately called on organisers of the debate to increase the time allotted to each of the speakers from three to five minutes in order to discourage rote learning and help me to relax while presenting their points.

She commended Vision Africa Radio for such a wonderful initiative that sharpens the intellect of the Students.

By NWAMARA

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