Lafarge Africa Plc has received the endorsement of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for its nationwide education intervention, the Lafarge Africa National Literacy Competition (LANLC). This was disclosed by the head Sustainability and Brand Africa Lafarge, Temitope Oguntokun in a press conference held in Lagos. According to her, the endorsement is in recognition of the remarkable contribution of the initiative to the development of literacy in the country’s primary schools. She explained that the National Literacy Competition is an intervention in Nigeria’s education sector in line with the company’s ambitious sustainability strategy which especially complements the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education.
She stressed,’’ that the intervention kicked -off with a National Planning Meeting where State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) representatives from all 36 states and the FCT contributed by providing insights for the fifth LANLC. The theme for this year’s competition is “Bridging the Literacy Gap Together.” The Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, Mrs. Folashade Ambrose-Medebem said the company’s understanding of the key role education plays in the development of any society, inspired the need to engage the leaders of tomorrow on critical literacy skills at an early stage.
She said the Lafarge National Literacy Competition is part of the company’s overall sustainable development strategy hinged on four pillars – Climate, Circular Economy, Water and Nature and People and Communities. The literacy competition finds expression in the People and Communities pillar. As part of activities to mark the recent International Literacy Day, Lafarge employees organized a book reading and painting session for 50 young children drawn from public and private primary schools. Since the inception of the competition, over 500,000 primary school pupils in 886 schools across 544 local government areas (LGAs) have been impacted.