The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, has launched the first edition of the Lagos Schools Poetry Festival, which is tagged, ‘Eko 200 Poems: An Anthology of Nursery Rhymes,’ in collaboration with Artswax Communications and other art enthusiasts.

Education Secretary Somolu Local Government, Mr Dare Martins, Education Secretary, Kosofe Local Government, Comrade Babatunde Soneye and Mrs Maryam Busari Odedina at the briefing.

In his remarks at the press briefing to launch the poetry festival, the Executive Chairman of the LASUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, said that the festival is “part of the efforts by the Lagos State government to provide an all-round education that will involve and advance the three domains of learning, the cognitive, the affective, and the psychomotor of every pupil in Lagos State in line with the Education and Technology Pillars of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s THEME Agenda.”

L-R: Education Secretary, Kosofe LGEA, Comrade Babatunde Soneye, Board Secretary, LASUBEB, Mr. Hakeem Lamidi, LASUBE Executive Chairman, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, Mr. Ola Awakan and LASUBEB Permanent Board Member, Hon. Serifat Adedoyin.

The LASUBEB chair explained that the poetry festival aims to birth literary discussions in public schools and encourage creative thinking towards the production of beautiful rhythmic nursery renditions that will reflect our local values and characters.

He continued, “The festival will not only encourage creative thinking among pupils, but build their reading and speaking skills, and inspire them to practise creating new stories through rhymes that they can call their own.”

Hon Bayo Adefuye, Mr Ola Awakan and LASUBE HoD, Co-curricular, Mrs Abimbola Vaughan.

Alawiye-King revealed the theme of the festival as ‘My Lagos: The Today, The Tomorrow,’ adding, “This requires pupils to write about their Lagos stories and paint their vision for Lagos through words.”

He noted that the competition is open to pupils in primary 3-6 in public schools across the state.


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