The Liberia Media for Democratic Initiative or LMDI is gearing toward the official launch of its quizzing tournament for the 2016/ 2017 academic in Margibi County. Speaking to this paper over the weekend in Kakata, Lead Moderator of the program, Tonia Gibson said the launch is slated for October in the county, which won the bid by emerging victorious in the LMDI’s recently ended national quizzing tournament.
Tonia Gibson: “In October of this year, toward the end; the exact date will be shared; we are launching officially the quizzing competition here in Margibi because Margibi County won the national quizzing competition so they took the trophy so they have won the bid to hold the launch of the competition here in Margibi. So what it means is that students from Monrovia, dignitaries from Monrovia will converge in Margibi to launch the official program”.
According to him, the launch will be characterized by parade in the principle streets of Kakata and about 16 schools will compete in the county in both quizzing and spelling “B”. Mr. Gibson noted that the schools from Weala, Firestone and Kakata will be combined in the fixture, and encouraged schools in the county that have never participated to come on board for academic improvement.
He also said every school registering will have a package that will be included in the curriculum, detailing what students are supposed to study to prepare for the competition. He narrated that the program was prompted by the fact that the LMDI saw the need to begin the process of promoting academic excellence amongst students in the country for the fact that the government has termed the education system as a mess, adding everyone has to contribute to improving the sector.
The LMDI’s Quizzing Lead Moderator said there are good teachers and students, but there are not enough academic activities that would stimulate both teachers and students to continue to read and research.
He said the exercise will help the education system to regain its lost image with time.
All of the students he added who participated in the quizzing competition did very well in the just ended WAEC, naming a student from Grand Bassa who according to him, came to division two in WAEC and another student, who he also said topped the WAEC from the Firestone area.
He told this paper the program started May 12, 2015 and schools wanting to form part could get information from Radio Gbaisue in Weala and Radio Joy Africa in Kakata, respectively.According to the Lead Moderator, there are two level competitions, including the county and regional in order to become victorious in the process.
He stated that the St. Augustine Episcopal Mission High School, which won the competition at the national level, received about US$2,000 as prize with all of the students that were registered receiving scholarships. Meanwhile, Mr. Gibson has thanked the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment or LBDI for supporting the program.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne