NILDS' Quiz Competition Peaks as Louisville Girls Secondary Schools Shows Supremacy with 23 points.
The Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in the Federal Capital Territory, a brain child of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies came to a close in Abuja on Monday, 28th January, 2018 with Louisville Girls Secondary School, Gwagwalada dominating within a total of 23 points to lift the winner’s trophy.
The Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and Chairman of the Occasion, represented by Honourable Mohammed Monguno expressed satisfaction at the manner the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies is blazing the trail in shaping the future leaders, especially in the area of governance. He further urged the students not to relent in their quest for knowledge which he said will position them to take the reins of affairs in the country in not so distant future.
Former, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ghali Na’abba was delighted to see secondary schools students displaying brilliance on the practice and procedures of the legislature; he congratulated the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies on the success and calls for support for the Institute to give the programme a national outlook.
The wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, a special guest at the event, through her representative averred that the Quiz Competition is better situated within Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is specifically about quality education, which is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. She added that it is not enough to secure the enrollment of children in school.
"We must also tackle all constraints to the enrollment of children in school and ensure that those enrolled receive quality education not only in the sciences, social sciences and arts but also on democracy and good governance”, she said.
The Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, while welcoming participants and guests to the auspicious event informed that over the past four (4) years this competition has provided motivation for secondary school students in the FCT to study and learn new information on the legislature and democratic governance.
Moreover, the Institute has significantly promoted awareness, knowledge and understanding of the history, role and function of the Nigerian legislature, through the Quiz competition.
While appreciating all partners and stakeholders in the education sector who have all contributed in institutionalizing the annual FCT Quiz Competition on the legislature, the DG further asserted that the National Assembly and the Institute are desirous of improving knowledge of the legislature and democratic governance in Nigeria at a more systematic level.
"To this effect, consultations have been held with the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to develop curriculum on Legislative and Democratic studies for inclusion in the civic Education, Social Studies, Government and other curricular for basic as well as Senior Secondary Education to enrich their contents and bridge the gaps.
She informed that the Institute is also working on developing short training courses on legislative and democratic training which will be based on an elaborate planned curriculum that focuses on mentorship for young people. "In order to achieve these goals, the Institute is already working closely with NERDC to develop materials such as teacher’s guide, manuals and modules to support the delivery of the course contents; and also build capacity of teachers, facilitators and instructors on effective implementation of the curricula", she added.
At the keenly competed event, trailing behind the winner of the competition, Louisville Girls secondary School, Gwagwalada with 22 points was Government Secondary School, Karshi in the 2nd position and the 3rd place was clitched by J.C Best Schools, Gwarimpa with 21 points.