Lafarge Africa launches essay competition

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Nigeria: LafargeHolcim subsidiary Lafarge Africa has launched a national essay competition entitled “Building the Nigeria of My Dreams.” The competition is open to all primary and secondary school pupils. The producer says that it ’further affirms the company’s commitment to bridging the literacy gap in Nigeria.’ It said, “This will help improve literacy amongst young adults and also engender loyalty to the nation as they will write about their hopes and aspirations of the Nigerian nation they desire. The online essay competition aligns with reports that show that citizens do much better when they are literate as they become equipped to become better adults and even more successful in their careers.”

Chief executive officer (CEO) Khaled El-Dokani said, "We recognise that the depth and quality of a country’s human capital are as important as its physical infrastructure, hence our investment over the past seven years in enhancing the Nigerian educational sector just as we are committed to empowering Nigerians through our world class building solutions.” He continued, “One of our key sustainability priorities at Lafarge Africa is our commitment to our communities through education and we are actively collaborating with the government and the private sector to improve the country's literacy ratio towards making an impact in reducing the World Bank estimate which states that over 80% of Nigerian primary school leavers cannot read.”

Communications, public affairs and sustainable development director Folashade Ambrose-Medebem said, “We have so far impacted more than 700,000 primary school pupils in 1665 schools across 544 local government areas (LGAs). Our volunteers, who are employees of Lafarge Africa have spent over 6212hr with over 250 public primary students. This crucial involvement shows our genuine concerns about Nigeria’s literacy gap and commitment towards bridging that gap.”

Last modified on 16 December 2020


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