‘Permanent Tutor- General of Lagos state ministry of education, Mrs. Soname Aderinsola says that the Lagos state public schools are measuring up to the required standard and she also commended the MTN for partnering the state government on education’
The Gbaja Girls Senior and New Era Senior School have jointly won the mini quiz competition organized by the Nigerian leading telecom industry to mark the end of MTN 21- day Y’ello care initiative. 21 Days of Y’ello Care initiative is an annual staff volunteerism scheme, which is implemented simultaneously in all 22 operating countries of the MTN Group and the focus of this year is education.
The programme, initiated by MTN Group in 2007, encouraged MTN staff in all of its 22 operations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East to volunteer their resources, time and skills to help others and the communities they live and work in. Theme of this year is “Investing in Education for All” and during the 21 days initiative, many schools and communities were impacted. Gbaja Senior School tied with the New Era Senior school after the duo defeated others schools that participated in the competition, the schools were Sari Iganmu Junior school, Araromi senior school, Apapa senior school, Eletu Odibo senior school and Wesley senior school.
The winner schools went home with one laptop each. Speaking during closing ceremony of the 21 Days of Y’ello Care initiative, the Corporate Services Executive, Mr. Akinwale Goodluck said that the company’s focused on education and actually impacted on many communities and schools across the country this year.
“We spent a lot of times talking to students, communities and the organization, and we have also renovated many schools across the country where we do businesses” he said. According to him, the MTN has scholars who have travelled all over the world and had won many awards, saying that MTN had sponsored many musicians making waves around the world.
Speaking during the occasion, the Lagos state permanent Tutor -General Mrs. Soname Aderinsola who was excited by the performances of the students, said she was pleased that the state public schools are producing quality students comparable to anyone in the country. According to her, standard of education in the Lagos state schools have improved tremendously given the amount of money being invested in the sector. She assured students that Lagos state government will continue to invest in education, while making sure that the quality of education does not retrogress.
The Tutor-General said the winners who are mainly girls have done well, saying it was an indication that Lagos State is doing well in the education sector. “I am proud to be the state permanent Tutor- General, and seeing what these girls have demonstrated today in this mini quiz competitions, I am real proud and honoured ‘’she added.
The Permanent Tutor -General also used the opportunity to say that the state government would make more funds available towards improving the quality of education in the state. She also commended the MTN for partnering the Lagos state government towards the lifting of quality of education in the state. The high light of the event include music rendition by the MTN Museum scholars, who played live music during the competition and other side attractions.