By Samuel Oyejola
To improve the education standard in the country, the Executive Director of Lela Blossom School, Mrs. Abiola Oduwusi has said that the need for extra curricula activities that would push for excellence should not be exhibited in academics alone, but in all aspects of human endeavor and enterprise.
She said this during the maiden edition of the Inter-house sports competition held recently in Abuja. She noted that while it is necessary for schools to drill and impart pupils on academic excellence, children should be given the opportunity to showcase not only their physical and athletic skills, but also that intrinsic drive to compete and excel in sporting activities.
She noted the school had at various time organized academic competitions for the pupils but thought it wise to introduce sporting activities. “We have held spelling bee and quiz competitions, conducted debates, acted dramas and even taught the children life coping financial skills, but never have we held a sports fiesta like the present one.” She said.
Speaking on the gains of engaging children in sporting activities, Oduwusi said that sports bring out the God given desire to win and to excel. She described the pupils as champions waiting to be made.
At the event, the Chairman of the Parent Teachers Association of the School, Dr. Wale Funsho who described the event as successful, encouraged parents to support their children in sports as it brings out the best in them. “It is necessary we encourage our children in sports, it will definitely bring out the best in them and improve their academic performance.” He said.
Four houses participated in the competition, Rudy (red), Topaz (yellow), Sapphire (blue) and Emerald (green). At the end Rudy carried the day. Medals were given to participating pupils while trophies were also presented to the best sporting houses.