Leading family brands from the stable of PZ Cussons Nigeria, Premier Soap and Nunu Milk have teamed up with the PZ Cussons Foundation to promote Chemistry learning amongst Nigerian students. The Foundation announced this at the commencement and registration for the 4th edition of Chemistry Challenge 2016/2017. The theme of this year’s challenge is Be a winner.
The science competition is designed to stimulate and inspire the learning of Chemistry amongst students, and raise their level of reasoning. It is also to demonstrate the relevance of chemistry in our society.
In a statement issued by the company, the Executive Director for Brand Development & Activation, Christos Giouras revealed, that the science contest which is in its 4th edition has continued to make resounding impacts, spurring the interest of Nigerian students in the learning of chemistry in a competitively fun way. To further excite stakeholders, the 2016/2017 edition includes a teachers contest.
This inclusion, according to him was a realization that the success of the kids is tied to the commitment and dedication of teachers. “As part of the improvement on previous editions, we have included another stage to allow ample opportunity for all to make it to the finals. This year, we will have 6 finalists and 4 final awards. This edition, is also giving voice to promoting girl child education, we encourage participating schools to do a mix registration and include at least one female candidate”.
The challenge which is open to senior secondary students in Lagos State will have candidates registered by their schools and who come to designated exam centers with attested copies of their forms or dockets.
The competition comes in four stages, First stage: A written quiz for all screened candidates, Second stage: A written quiz for the best 100 students from stage. Third stage: Practical for the best 24 from stage 2.
Final stage: 6 contestants compete for the overall prize of 700,000 and a laptop for the student, 100,000 for the teacher and 100,000 worth of laboratory equipment for the school. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd runner-ups will be handsomely rewarded.
Christos Giouras also highlighted the various partnerships with Lagos State Ministry of Education as well as other notable associations like Chemistry Society of Nigeria and the Institute of Chartered Chemist of Nigeria. The competition will be guided by an advisory team of 3 members, headed by a renowned Chemist, Professor Oladele Osibanjo.
Launched in 2007, PZ Cussons Nigeria Foundation has been helping Nigerian communities by supporting projects in the areas of roads, and other infrastructural improvements like water and sanitation, health and education. The Foundation has completed over 50 projects in different parts of the country.