[Delta]–A Delta State corps member, Miss Shodipo Bashirat Oluwafunmilayo, has received an award for her personal CDS project and for distinguishing herself in her place of primary assignment (PPA) during the service year.
The award was presented to her during the 2017 Batch A Stream II passing out event in Warri, Delta State.
According to the Award, it was stated that she “has been awarded the Governing Board Chairman’s Honours Award for her distinguished achievement for the 2017 Batch A service year”.
It should be noted that Miss Shodipo, a graduate of Zoology from the University of Ibadan, is one of only three corps members celebrated by the Delta State NYSC in the entire 2017 Batch A service year and the other two were awarded at the 2017 Batch A Stream I passing out ceremony in April.
While speaking with our correspondent, she revealed that she got the award because of her diligence in her PPA, Hussey College, Warri and because of the personal CDS project titled “Cell is Life Interschool Biology Quiz Competition” that she executed in Warri community.
“Biology, no doubt is one of the subjects both science and non-science students find difficult. Interestingly, the subject can also be made easy if given proper attention and if the students are fortunate enough to find teachers who are ready to simplify the difficult concepts for them.
“My experience at the Hussey College was no doubt interesting and engaging with my students. They’ll come with questions to each class and we always have to end the class postponing questions to the next class because of the time constraint.
“Some of them take out their break time or free periods to come see me personally in the staff room to give answers to their questions and this has been going on for some months now. This has made me to see that this is not just a normal interest in a class subject. They have real desire to know more and be exceptional in the topics of Biology.
“I therefore had the idea of creating a Science Quiz Club with focus on Biology that will keep this interest in the students and make them want to do more than just read to pass examinations but read to know and understand what they are being taught in class.
“Generally, competitions have a way of boosting morale and helping kids prepare beyond the scope of what they may even be taught in the class. It has a way of stretching their minds to their full capabilities.
“So, I came up with an Interschool Biology Quiz competition which I tagged ‘CELL IS LIFE” for students from different state secondary schools in Warri South Local Government Area with the sole vision of promoting their interests in Biology science and to create an atmosphere where students can learn, relearn and unlearn key topics in their fundamental biology” she narrated.
According to her, 12 states secondary schools from Warri South participated in the Quiz and they include Hussey College, Warri, Delta Secondary School, Warri, Nana College, Warri,Uwangue College, Warri, Dom Domingo’s College, Warri, Essi College, Warri, College of Commerce, Warri, College of Education Demonstration Secondary School, Warri, Urhobo College, Effurun, Ugborikoko Secondary School, Effurun, Yowuren College, Warri and Dore Numa College, Warri.
She also added that “at the end of the quiz competition, the representatives of the three winning schools were given awards and cash prizes while the rest of the participants were given models.
“And thanks to my sponsors, NYSC officials in Warri and supporters, we were also able to donate over 600 items including 40 leaves Exercise Books for Writing, Jotters, Pens, Cups, Key holders, Carrier bags to help students carry their stationery, and Wrist bands.
“While I appreciate all my sponsors for their support and generous donations, I also want to appreciate Nnaji Adaeze Juliet and my other colleagues for being my backbone throughout the execution of the project.
“And lastly, I want to express my gratitude to Delta State NYSC for counting the project worthy to be among the three projects singled out for recognition and award during the 2017 Batch A service year,” she added.
Meanwhile, the State Coordinator, Mr Benjamin Omotade, had advised the corps members to go home and re-unite with their families after a meritorious service to the nation.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg