The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), in collaboration with Artswax Communications and other art enthusiasts, has launched the first edition of the Lagos Schools Poetry Festival tagged “Eko 200 Poems: An Anthology of Nursery Rhymes”.
Speaking at the launch of the poetry festival, the Executive Chairman of the LASUBEB, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King, said that the festival is part of the efforts by the Lagos State Government to provide an all-round education that will involve and advance the three domains of learning, namely the Cognitive, the Affective, and the Psychomotor of every pupil in Lagos State.
The LASUBEB Chairman explained that the poetry festival aims to birth literary discussions in public schools and encourage creative thinking towards the production of beautiful rhythmic nursery renditions that will reflect our local values and characters.
He continued that the festival will not only encourage creative thinking among pupils but will build their reading and speaking skills, as well as inspire them to practice creating new stories through rhymes that they can call their own.
Alawiye-King revealed that the theme of the festival ‘My Lagos: The Today, The Tomorrow’, requires pupils to write about their Lagos stories and paint their vision for Lagos through words, noting that the competition is open to pupils in Primary Three – Six in public schools across the State.