Lafarge Africa Plc, one of the leading cement and building solutions provider, has received the endorsement of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for its nationwide education intervention, the Lafarge Africa National Literacy Competition (LANLC).
Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, Mrs. Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, who disclosed this while announcing outlined events for the 2018 LANLC, said the endorsement is in recognition of the remarkable contribution of the initiative to the development of literacy among pupils.
Revealing the theme for this year’s competition as “Bridging the literacy gap together,” Ambrose- Medebem said the company’s understanding of the key role education plays in the development of a society, inspired the need to engage the leaders of tomorrow on critical literacy skills at an early stage.
According to her, “Lafarge’s 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 Four.
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.
Noting that Nigerian education is in crisis at the moment, she explained that the initiative is part of the company’s contribution to address the crisis.
“It is also part of the company’s overall sustainable development strategy hinged on four pillars, which are climate, circular economy, water and nature, and people and communities.”
She added that in the last four years, Lafarge Africa Plc has organised the competition to bridge literacy gap and support government efforts in raising the standard of literacy among pupils in public primary schools.