The final stage of the Kwara Brain Point Challenge took place on the 8th of December, 2018 at the Kwara State Banquet Hall, Ilorin. In all ramifications, the event showed up to be a concrete evidence that sturdily defines the vision and aim of the initiative- excellence for all. Without an iota of doubt, it can be stated that impact was made and felt!
For the participating students as well as the invited guests and all other attendees, it was a one in a squillion experience. From the array of dignitaries of great positive impacts to the words of inspiration delivered by them and much more, it was indeed a spectacular experience. Topics of high importance inside and outside of the school environments relating to students, teachers and parents were discussed. Amongst the distinguished guests present at the event were:
- The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Resources, Kwara State, Hajia Bilkisu Oniyangi
- The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Resources, Hajia M.A. Garba
- President of ANCOPSS, Kwara state chapter, Alh. Toyin Abdullahi
- Assistant State Secretary of ANCOPPS, Alhaji A. Tejini
- Director of Planning, Kwara MoE, Mrs. Mary Ibiyeye
- Director of Personal Management, Kwara MoE, Mr. Bamidele Adebara and
- Director of Teachers’ Development, Mr. Alabi, J.A.
Also, in attendance were Mr. Olumayowa Ogundare, CEO Fizmayor Ltd., UK and the Co-sponsor of KBPC 1.0; Mr. Elvis Boniface, a global education strategist and the Chief Education Officer of Edugist; Mr. Tijesu Omotoyosi, CEO Wurafadaka Clothing; Dr. Dayo Awoyale, CEO Davitech. Distinguished men of the press from Channels TV, Kwara TV, Albarka fm and TVC News were on ground to cover the event.
The quiz rounds were integrated with enlightening talks from some of the distinguished guests and they were indeed impactful. The topics discussed and the speakers, in order of delivery were:
- “Attaining academic excellence, breaking all odds” by Mr. Ogundare
- “Is the Nigerian education system meeting the goals of the 21st century child?” by Mr. Boniface;
- “Academics and entrepreneurship” by Mr. Tijesu
- “Importance of fore preparedness and confidence in achieving academic excellence” by Hajia Bilikisu Oniyangi
The quiz session was fierce and exciting. Representatives battled head-on to win the title of the champion of the KBPC 1.0. It was interesting to see how an almost unending tie-break session came along. Three schools had the same score at the end of all rounds and none of them was ready to drop the fight. The tie-break went on and on with series of questions from various fields being thrown at these students. It was indeed an exciting scenario!
Below is the table of results before and after the tie-break session.
Table 1: Final Stage Results Before Tie-Break
Each correct answer carried 4 Marks
No bonus Marks
Schools that Participated in the tie break session
ENG – English language
G.S – General science
G.A – General Arts
G.C- General Commercial
Table 2: Final Stage Results After Tie-Break
Each correct answer at the tie-break carried 2 marks
Schools that participated in the tie-break
N/A- Not applicable
Eventually, winners emerged and were duly rewarded. Finalist and individual students were also keenly appreciated.
The presentations of prizes to winners were as follows:
- Presentation of books authored by Fabiyi Ifeoluwa to all the 18 finalists- sponsored by the author
- Presentation of customized school bags to all the 18 finalists sponsored by the Ministry of Education
- Two Bespoke shirts were presented to the art/commercial student of the school that emerged first courtesy of Wurafadaka Clothing
- A cash prize of #5, 000 was awarded to the science student of the school that emerged first
- A pair of shoes courtesy of De Hem shoe brand was presented to the art students of the school that emerged first and sixth, each.
- Scholarships involving payment of WASSCE registration fees were awarded to representatives (9 students) of the schools that emerged 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions courtesy of YSI.
- The 1st – 3rd winning schools also received plaques and textbooks for their libraries courtesy of YSI.
- Certificates of participation were presented to schools that emerged 4th, 5th and 6th positions.
Other award presentations during the event included:
- Award of meritorious service to humanity presented to Mr. Olumayowa Ogundare
- Award of meritorious service to the educational sector presented to the Honorable Commissioner for Education, Hajia Bilikisu Oniyangi
The event protruded the aim of the initiative and we are as eager as the students for KBPC 2.0. At YSI, it is our call to ensure that quality education is for all and not some; we continue to strive for the achievement of the SDG 4..