The 5th edition of the UNESCO partnered “SPELL & THRILL !” competition has come and gone. The winners have emerged, but the thrills of the near misses, the cries of the losers and the excitement on the faces of the winners, will linger in the minds of all present, from the elimination contest at the state levels to the grand finale held at the 2,500 capacity auditorium, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.
The initiator of the programme, Mr Ayotunde Ikulamberu in his welcome address, said participation has witnessed tremendous growth from the one hundred and thirty primary and secondary schools (138) and two hundred and seventy six (276) contestants in 2012 to two thousand, four hundred and twenty one (2,421) primary and secondary schools and four thousand, nine hundred and fifty three (4,953) contestants in 2017, spanning across 7 states in the South West namely ; Ekiti, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo States.
According to him, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has considered “SPELL & THRILL !” as an indubitable platform for the integration of the Media and information Literacy (MIL) curriculum into the Nigerian schools’ curriculum.
He noted that, the UNESCO’s MIL curriculum is designed to combat propagation of hate speech, fake news, and terrorism, while fostering inter-cultural dialogue and cohesion. The curriculum is also geared towards helping teachers become more pragmatic towards their role as educators.
Speaking on the challenges faced, he said the major challenge over time has been funding, but more recently is the unavailability of internet access in most public schools for dissemination of information timely.
He therefore, urged the various states Ministries of Education and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to make provision for at least one internet enabled system for all the schools.
Mr. Ayotunde hinted that in few years to come, the competition will be Trans National, thereby giving schools and students from other African countries opportunity to participate.
The first female champion ever since the inception of “SPELL & THRILL !”Competition.
SANGOLADE Stephanie – St. Clare’s Catholic Primary School, Osogbo, Osun State
2nd Position in the Primary category
OBOHO Micheal – UAMC, Eleja -Pahayi, Ilaro, Ogun State
3rd position in the Primary category
AFOLABI-BAKARE Goodness- Comfort Tenderfoot Nursery and Primary School, Akure, Ondo State
The look on your face when you are disqualified because you cannot spell your word correctly
1st position in the Secondary category
OGUNSUYI Pelumi – Greater Tomorrow Model College, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State
2nd position in the secondary category
OLADAPO Ayomikun – Ambassador’s College, Sango-Ota, Ogun State
It was a battle of the fittest for these two contestants as they rigorously fought for the only available position in the secondary category. The 2 contestants emerged winners after a heart wrenching 5 rounds of spelling where they both proved that they merited the prize.
3rd position in the secondary category
ADEYEYE Samuel – Divine Grace High School, Ilesha, Osun state
OGUNLEYE Joy – Bofoat Model International College, Ugbe – Akoko, Ondo State