The fifth edition of the annual Pacey Educational Games (PEG) for Lagos and Ogun states’ schools got underway Wednesday at Lagos African Church Grammar School, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos State.
According to the organisers, the competition, which will feature over 50 secondary schools in Lagos and Ogun states with about 1,500 athletes, is aimed at fostering all round development of students in secondary schools, through fun and interactive games.
Speaking at a media parley to unveil the competition at the weekend, spokesman for the organisers, Mr. Apo Olugbenga, said the games will help Nigeria to discover its next set of champion athletes, adding, “Since 2016, PEG has set out on a journey to discover and harness the hidden greatness in each and every one of them, because of the belief that every child is unique in his or her own way and they find expressions through different means.”
He disclosed that the students will fight for honours in such interactive games as chess, monopoly, scrabble, Rubik’s cube, and many other games that challenge their reasoning and help them unlock their brain power.
“The past events were greeted with wonderful experiences by students from Babcock University Secondary School, White Hall Schools, Wellspring College, and Lagos African Church Grammar School to mention but a few.
“This year’s event promises to be bigger and better, as it will attract many other schools. It has been carefully packaged to help the students develop their team spirit through exciting and competitive games,” he said.
Olugbenga disclosed that Honeyland College Breakthrough Academy, Whitehall Schools, Babcock University Secondary School, Lagos African Church Grammar school, and many other schools in Lagos and Ogun states will feature in the exciting games.
Olugbenga, who announced the games’ partnership with Sports360nja, said “the partnership is borne out of our aim to reach 40 per cent of the population of students of primary and secondary schools in Nigeria in the next five years.”
Also speaking during the media parley, Sports360nja Online Editor, Mr. Ugochim Uzoije, said: “This partnership is borne out of our aim to reach 40 per cent of the population of students of Primary and Secondary schools in Nigeria in the next five years.”
Earlier, PEG’s Founding Partner, Mr. Adeyemi Anifowose, disclosed that the organisation will launch Hackathon (coding challenge) for secondary schools, which is tagged “unveiling the power of technology.”
Anifowose said the importance of the challenge is to enable secondary schools’ students to crave more interest and develop trending relevant skills in IT, “which is needed or required to navigate their career as the world is continuously revolving around IT.”