In demonstration of its support for educational development, non-alcoholic beverage giant, Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC, sponsored the 2016 Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Spelling Bee Competition. The event took place on June 18. Representatives of schools were in attendance, alongside teachers and parents of the participating students. Speaking at the event, Legal, Public Affairs and Communications Director, NBC, Sade Morgan, said “Development in education is a task for all stakeholders and NBC’s sponsorship of
the Spelling Bee Competition will drive academic excellence and sustain learning and development of the Nigerian child. The event will go a long way in supporting and motivating pupils towards academic excellence, instilling a sense of pride and confidence in participants.’’ Speaking at the event, former Minister of Education and Vice-President, Africa Division of World Bank, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, who described the participants as ‘Spelling Champs’, encouraged them to challenge the status quo, set new records and strive for excellence at all
times. She stated that a strong commitment to studying and growth is always rewarded with success. The FCT Spelling Bee competition was launched by Decipher Solutions as an annual community development service project in 2013. The competition is a literacy programme to teach students the effective pronunciation of words, their meaning and proper context of usage. The FCT Spelling Bee creates a platform for students from diverse backgrounds including public and private schools to engage and compete fairly in order to emerge
winners of the competition. Other NBC initiatives to ensure sustainability in education include intellectual capacity development for teachers, Back to School programme that provides school kits and educational materials for children at the turn of every academic session, as well as infrastructure development and renovation in public primary schools. NBC would continue to drive initiatives that would support delivery of qualitative education amongst Nigerian children as a bedrock for sustainable growth and economic development.


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