Seven students from four secondary schools emerged winners in an exhibition competition held at the Main Hall of Atrium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State as a part of the activities lined up to mark the celebration of the 2013 World Environment Day.
26 secondary schools were invited to participate in the exhibition and quiz competition by the Rivers State ministry of education in collaboration with the African centre for environmental protection (ACEP).
In Rivers State, the celebration which was held to commemorate a day set aside by the United Nations (UN) to stimulate worldwide awareness of environmental issues which was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972.
The result of the competition was announced after presentations of the exhibition and vivid explanations by each competitor in turns. Seven students emerged winners. They include: Sokari Goodness from CSS Alode (Aquarium); Joy David CCSS Rumkwurushi (Paint work); Uche Egemari of GTC Trans-Amadi (Beadwork/building); and Kingsley Israel of CSS Alode (Paper aero-plane). Others are Peter Naomi of CCSS Rumukwurushi (Artwork), Isaac Ezefula from CCSS Rumukwurushi (Artwork) and Delo Monday of CSS Alode (Cardboard building).
Meanwhile, Kaine Chinwah, the director of African centre for environmental protection (ACEP) in an interview with BusinessDay said, “It is very important to train up our youths; we orientate them to give them a new kind of direction in the way they should go as regards our environment and that is why we have gathered them together and not necessarily for competitions but to teach them and make them understand that we need some better habit so that our environment can be protected.”
On this year’s theme “think, eat, save” for the World Environment Day, Kaine, said that “it is important to let the younger ones know the essence of protecting the environment by our habits and to teach them how they will be able to think before eating that would contribute to the safety of environment.”