Lagos expresses commitment to uplift school vendors programme as Education District 1 holds cooking competition
In furtherance of its commitment towards the wellness of students through the provision of hygienic and conducive environment for teaching and learning, the Lagos state government has initiated a competition for its school food vendors and students among other interventions.
The maiden edition was organized by Lagos State Education District 1, Tagged “Low Cost Meals for Teenagers; Promoting Creativity, Hygiene And Wellness” and held at the district headquarters, Agege.
Master Monday Ajodo of Shasha Community Senior High School, winner in the students category and in the Food Vendor category, Mrs. Olufunke Falaya of Iju Senior Grammar School came first to emerge Education District 1, Chef of the year.
220 entries from both Students and Food vendors were received from the 99 schools in Agege, Alimosho and ifako-Ijaye zones which make up Education district 1.
The Grand finale had 6 finalists from students category and 6 finalists from Food vendors category who displayed their culinary skills.
In her welcome address the Chairman, Food committee of the District, Sade Alabi, said the Event is in line with the vision of Lagos state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to promote the wellness of students, especially the girl-child.
She stressed that the exercise was the continuation of last year’s quest to enable students learn how to prepare low cost meals with high nutrition.
Alabi, noted that in 2017 , a 10-member food committee was inaugurated. The responsibilities include: Verification exercise, workshops/ Seminars and Medical tests by designated Government Hospitals on the school food vendors to ensure their fitness.
The Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1, Dr. Yinka Ayandele said that Cooking competition is another means of engaging students with creative and impactful activities beyond the classrooms, which enhance their attendance and retention
She expressed hope that the competition will be an annual event, while expressing hope that subsequent editions will accommodate students from private schools.
She commended the Governor of Lagos state, for his commitment to the continuous uplifting of education system in the State.
She also appreciated corporate organisations that supported the event with cash and materials.