Group decries neglect of extra-curricular activities in schools

Students of Osogbo Grammar School prevented from entering the school premises because they did not wear nose cover on Monday. Pix Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo

The founder of Hands & Minds Consult, Mr Laurence Ekpe, has said most schools do not encourage learners to participate in extra-curricular activities.

Speaking at the fourth edition of the Hands & Minds Schools competition held at the  Dome, David Christian Centre, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos, Ekpe, explained that 16 schools participated in the competition, which was titled,  ‘Outside the box.’

He added that the event sponsored by a financial institution, Grooming Centre, had 400 pupils in attendance, while about a quarter of the number participated in the dance, music and art competitions, saying winners were given laptops and tablets among other gifts.

Ekpe said, “A lot of schools are paying little or no attention to extra-curricular activities whereas not everyone will end up a scholar.

‘‘It is an avenue for children to come and showcase their God-given talents because, at Hands & Minds, we realise that there is little or no forum where children’s talents are being rewarded.

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“We see a lot of Spelling Bee, a lot of Mathematics competition, we see a lot of essay writing rewards, but we see little or no reward for creativity.”

Marketing Manager, Grooming Centre for Better Livelihood Microfinance, Mrs Sandra Oji, said, “The reason we invest in the competition is to encourage the little ones, that is the youths, and to bring out the talents in them.”

Peculiar Treasure School emerged overall winner in the music competition in the junior category while Ostra Heights Secondary School came first in the senior category.

In the dance competition, Preserved Generation School won in the junior category, Cornerstone College won in the senior category and St. Judes Secondary School won the art competition in the senior category.

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