Lagos Private Schools Go Scientific
By Olaleye Olajide

It is called the BRESCAG Science competition. An acronym derived from the names of the schools that once decided to work together for their common good.

The schools are, Babbinton Macaulay Junior Seminary, Redeemer's International School, Effortswill High School, Supreme Education Centre, Caleb International School , Atlantic Hall and Grace High School, all in Lagos.

The yearly Science Exhibition and Arts competition, which began four years ago was held recently at the Grace High School, Gbagada. The theme of this year's competition was "From Waste To Wealth". Eleven schools produced and exhibited different kinds of equipment that enhance daily living.

The vision for the competition, according to the Vice Principal Academics of Grace High School, Mr. Emmanuel Adegoke, is to enhance the growth of all private schools in Lagos State. "The essence of it is to bring some of the friendly private schools in Lagos state together because we realise that we cannot compete with the public schools. They are so many. We want to pull our efforts together and start competing among ourselves. This will enhance the growth of private schools and also enhance the growth of education in Nigeria"

The Guest Speaker and Administrative/Sales Support Manager of Finlab Nigeria Limited, sponsors of the exhibition, Mr. Michael Ezeigbo, said his company was proud to have been the main sponsor of the exhibition in the last five years.

"It is our strong belief that a competition of this nature will help students from the participating schools to develop, and then put the relevant scientific and technological knowledge which they acquire over the years into practical use. We also believe that in the course of the competition, students are encouraged to use the available resources within their environment to creatively produce various forms of instruments or equipment that can rightly be judged to be relevant to the needs of mankind in general, and of Nigerians in particular."

Part of the waste turned to wealth were: A simple Biogas generator by Topmost International Secondary School, Diagram of food warmer by Chrisland College, Plastic Recycling machine by Grace High school, Solar Heater by Rainbow College for Boys, Egg Crate, Home made shoe polish, furniture polish, manure, etc by Rainbow College for Girls, production of solid fuel and vertical blind and insects repellant by Supreme Education Foundation, and a host of others.

Atlantic Hall came first in the science competition, Rainbow College for Boys, second and Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, third. In the Fine Arts category, Rainbow College for Girls came first, Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, second and Atlantic Hall, third position.

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