Airtel- sponsored 4th National Inter-School reading and comprehension competition organized by Bright Light Youth Empowerment has on Thursday 27th July 2017 ended at the British Council Auditorium with Modern High School emerging as champion.The competition targeted secondary schools nationwide, including Modern High Shool, St. Joseph Secondary School, Annie Walsh Memorial School, Government Secondary School, Bo, Murialdo Secondary School, Lunsar, Modern School of Science & Business, Makeni, and a host of others.
Daisy Senesie of Modern High School emerged as champion of this year’ competition and awarded a grand prize of One Million Leones plus learning materials.
Airtel Head of Public Relations and Media, June Rose Johnson, highlighted her company’s continued efforts in promoting education in the country, citing the just concluded sponsored youth led programme as a clear manifestation. She praised the organizers for improving the skills of school pupils through inter-school competition and expressed delight for seeing predominant female school pupils making it to the finals
She encouraged all Sierra Leoneans to be part of Airtel as the company believes in giving back to its customers as part of its corporate social responsibility. The Head of Media also admonished the participants to follow the rules governing the competition and urged them to cultivate the act of reading and speaking skills in schools.
The representative from the Ministry of Education, Nelson Williams, said the ministry will certainly embrace any programme that is geared towards improving the English language. Hence, called on teachers to improve on the reading skills of school pupils at early stage in learning.According to him, improving the English language is a complex aspect but reading can help the pupils to speak good English.Bright Light Youth Empowerment is a peer support group setup as an emotional support to fellow pupils with various personal and family issues. The club provides peer support, counseling and mentoring for pupils. The club also supports educational achievement and promotes the development of talent and creativity in pupils.