01 Jul 2023 Videos and Print News Reports (Blueprint and ABS): QRC Students Win Anambra (OCI Foundation) Health Campaign Schools Challenge (AHCSC Grand Final; 29/6/2023)
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Source: Blueprint News, Nigeria (30/06/2023)
Two students of Queen of Rosary Secondary School (QRC) Onitsha, Anambra state, Miss Chidimma Okoye and Miss Basilia Elochukwu, Friday, emerged first and second positions at grand finale of the 2022/2023 Anambra Arm Our Youths Health Campaign Schools Challenge.
The health quiz organised by OCI Foundation International, a not-for-profit organisation, in conjunction with Anambra State Post Primary Schools Service Commission (PPSSC), had participants drawn from about 265 public secondary schools in Anambra State.
The programme, it was learnt, was designed to enhance engagements with the OCI Foundation’s Arm Our Youths (Aroy) health campaign, an anticancer programme endorsed by the USA’s Harvard Medical School and World Health Organization.
Speaking at the occasion held in Awka, Anambra state capital, the founder and President, OCI foundation International, Dr Chris Ifediora, explained that the programme would expectedly become a national campaign so as to ensure that all parts of Nigeria benefits from it.
Ifediora, represented by Barrister Vivian Obinwa, noted that contestants for the 2022/2023 edition were drawn from the six educational zones of Anambra state in order to sustain the foundation’s achievements three years ago during which teachings against breast and cervical cancers were introduced into the regular curriculum of all senior secondary schools.
He further disclosed that the foundation has already begun to inspire similar anti-cancer contests by other NGOs in Nigeria even as they have initiated a bill waiting for presidential assent to become a national event just as they had approached the African Union to make it a continental project.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion, Lady Joy Ulasi, disclosed that in the next academic session, issues of cervical and breast cancers would be taught in all secondary schools in the state so that issues of such cancers will become a thing of the past.
Speaking to Blueprint, the winners of the quiz competition, Miss Chidimma Okoye and Basilia Elochukwu expressed satisfaction over the outcome, assuring that they would not only utilised the knowledge gathered about cancer but to also enlighten others around them.
3 of 4: QRC Students Win Anambra Health Campaign Schools Challenge – ABS
Source: Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, News (30/06/2023)
Two students of Queen of Rosary Secondary School, QRC, Onitsha, Chidimma Okoye and Basilia Elochukwu, have emerged the first and second winners of the grand finale of the 2022/2023, OCI Foundation’s Anambra Health Campaign Schools Challenge, AHCSC.
The health quiz competition, which is for all public secondary schools in Anambra State, was organized by OCI Foundation in conjunction with Post Primary Schools Service Commission, PPSSC, Awka.
This year’s competition, which is the second edition, held at Igwebuike Grammar School, Awka, attracted students, teachers and officials of OCI Foundation.
The Anambra Arm Our Youths Health Campaign Schools Challenge is a statewide quiz competition designed to enhance engagements with the OCI Foundation’s Arm Our Youths, ArOY, Health Campaign, an anti-cancer programme endorsed by the USA’s Harvard Medical School and World Health Organization.
With the first edition held in 2021/2022, the AHCSC is expected to become a national campaign to ensure that no one is left behind in any part of Nigeria.
The contestants were drawn from the six educational zones of Anambra State, while the moderator is the Principal of Redeemer’s High School, Okpuno, Mrs. Ada Adibe.
In his keynote address, the President and founder of OCI Foundation, Dr Chris Ifediora, said the day marked another important milestone in consolidating the history that the foundation made over three years ago which delivered on their promise to ensure that teachings against breast and cervical cancers were introduced into the regular curriculum of all senior secondary schools in Anambra State.
Dr Ifediora, represented by Barrister Vivian Obinwa, explained that OCI Foundation believes that all senior secondary schools in Anambra State, should be part of the ArOY Health Campaign urging the PPSSC, Education commissioner and Governor Chukwuma Soludo to help get it done.
The chairman on the occasion, Lady Joy Ulasi, said what the students have learned in the course of the competition, if stepped down, will reduce the cancer scourge in the society even as she advised parents to discipline their children against getting involved in premarital sexual activities.
For the winner, Miss Okoye, her take home lesson from the competition is that hard work pays while Miss Elochukwu, noted that the competition gave her access to information about cancers that she was not privy to before now.
The winner of the first edition of the quiz, Miss Treasure Godwin, who is now an undergraduate of Applied Microbiology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, said OCI Foundation has been an encouragement to her and assured the contestants that self-encouragement is the best.
In a vote of thanks, the Domestic Liaison Officer of the Foundation, Mrs. Imelda Emeka, recalled the genesis of the foundation, the challenges encountered, and appreciated God and all that contributed in making the event a success.
Presentation of prizes, welcome song and dance drama, formed highpoints of the competition.