As much as some young Nigerians detest the idea of doing the mandatory one year youth service, a lot of those that have done theirs will testify that it was fun — especially the Orientation Camp experience. Corps members are finding various ways to do good and give back to society at their various places of primary assignment (PPA), just like this young lady, Don Draper, who shared her story.

She is currently serving Ohiya autonomous community in Abia state.

She was deployed to work as a secondary school teacher in the locale.

Initially, she didn’t want to serve at her PPA because of the deplorable condition of the school.

She was previously wary to serve in Abia because of the stories she heard about the state, she enjoyed the camp experience, but didn’t like the school.

She quickly settled into the school life after a few months and fell in love with the students.

She then devised a way to help her students excel at their studies and came up with the “Base Word Spelling Challenge “.

After the students prepared intensely for the challenge, the competition took place.

And it was fierce.

There were prizes.

They included: a one term scholarship, school bags, books and pens.

Two winners emerged from JS3 and SS3.

Senior secondary student, Uzoma, collects his prize.
Junior secondary student, Chinemerem, receiving his prize.

She’s certainly setting a good example and helping the future generation.

The challenge is now spreading to the rest of the state. Another secondary school will be hosting an edition for students. Her target is to organise the challenge in seven different schools across the state before her passing out parade (POP).


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