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Nigeria’s Atafo finishes 10th in MOS World Championship


Microsoft-officeWith the emergence of Abure Atafo, a student of Childville School, Lagos, as the 10th place winner in the Microsoft Excel 2010 Category, at the 2015 Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship, held in Dallas, United States, the management of the school has stressed the need for governments and education providers to fully equip their school’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) laboratories

The competition organised by Certiport Incorporation, in collaboration with Microsoft Incorporation, was conducted by ReadManna Ventures Limited, a firm that specialises in one-on-one, corporate and classroom basic computer training.

The Certiport MOS competition challenges students to demonstrate their proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel versions 2010 and 2013. It is usually open to all students aged between 13 and 22 years, provided they show proof of enrolment at an academic institution.

Head of Department, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) of the school, Mrs. Adebayo Rukayat, informed The Guardian that the feat of 14-year-old was a proof that Nigerian kids were indeed very creative and ingenious, once they provided with the right environment.

She said of all Nigeria’s flag bearers at the championship, Atafo was the one with the highest score, and that “made him finish 10th in the world. At Chidville School, learning of ICT actually starts from nursery class to Year- 12. So by the time our children get to secondary school they are very accustomed to the use of modern technology.
“Nigeria emerging 10th worldwide is encouraging, but I know we can do better if schools should rightly equip their ICT laboratories and get the right people to train these kids. And so, if schools really want the future of these kids to be brighter, technology is a must. It is something we need to embrace, and not a probability.”

Head of Secondary School, Mrs. Ezinwanne Eta, said the school was focused on the “the child,’ the reason all staff put in extra effort to bring out the best in each child.
“Every child here is important and we pay that individual attention. We have small-class sizes and that enables us to ensure each child is engaged. Our team is committed to nurturing each child to be the best and by the time they are leaving us, parents’ testimonies abound.”

On his part, Atafo, an indigene of Edo State, remarked, “My school created an enabling environment for me. Besides, I also went ahead to practice on my own in addition to the practice test given to me. I also went online to study excel packages, so I was able to know more before the competition day.”

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