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15 schools take part in Olumawu School Chess competition

At the end of the event, a government-owned school, Federal Government Academy, Suleja, emerged winner of the competition and it was presented with a gift…

At the end of the event, a government-owned school, Federal Government Academy, Suleja, emerged winner of the competition and it was presented with a gift in honour of the late founder of the school, Mrs. M. Audu.
Addressing journalists, a member of the governing council of the school, Mr. Ola Garuba, said the event, which held for the third time, was aimed at building a well-rounded education.
He said: “You know children have varying talents and various areas of harnessing such talents must be looked into. So, we identified chess to train or develop the minds of the children and their mental capabilities.”
He said that during the maiden edition, only six schools participated, noting with satisfaction that in this year’s edition, 15 schools took part.  
According to him, the event was also meant to build chess community among schools in the FCT and the national level.
Garuba identified resources and creating awareness among the schools as some of the challenges facing the competition but expressed happiness that the competition has produced students that represented the country in international chess competition.
He said: “There have been good correlations between the students participating in the competition and their academic performances. The competition is one of the techniques designed to deviate students’ attentions from the social network platforms, which now occupy their minds.’’
He thanked FCTA’s director of sports, his staff and other sponsors of the competition, especially the commercial banks, for their support, hoping for robust future partnership.
At the primary school level, Tender Year School emerged winner while the host school came second.

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