Gadosnasko Science Primary School, Gwagwalada, Abuja, and St Paul’s Primary School, Orile-Imo, Ogun State emerged winners of the nutrition quiz competition organized by Nestlé Nigeria PLC.
The Nutrition Quiz competition which aims to test the children’s knowledge and practice of
healthy nutrition is designed to enhance recall and retention of in-class lessons. It is part of
Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK), a flagship initiative of the company which aims to help
50 million children globally, lead healthier lives by 2030. In Nigeria, N4HK is a school-based
a nutrition education program that equips children with the knowledge to make better nutrition choices from an early age for a healthier future.
Twenty schools from the three senatorial districts of Ogun State and ten schools from the
six area councils in the FCT participated in the Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) Nutrition
Quiz Competition was held simultaneously in Ogun State and the FCT for seven days.
The participating schools were quizzed on topics curated from the N4HK students’ manual
covering nutrition, healthy hydration, hygiene, and physical activities. This process was led
by the Nutrition Society of Nigeria which also executed the competition from the school stage to the finals.
Speaking on the objectives of the competition, the Corporate Communications, and Public
Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria, Mrs. Victoria Uwadoka said “Nestlé for Healthier Kids is
aligned with our goal of helping children live healthier lives by raising awareness of the benefits of healthy nutrition and an active lifestyle. The Nutrition quiz competition drives home these lessons to boost recall and practice. We are delighted with the performance of all the participating schools this year. The learners proved without a doubt that they had indeed understood the various topics. The competition was intense, so the winners do deserve the acclaim. I commend our partners, the Nutrition Society of Nigeria who anchored the quiz, I celebrate the teachers who prepared the children so well and of course FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) and Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) for their continued commitment to raising a healthier generation.”
In his comments, the Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Prof. Oluseye Onabanjo said,“Malnutrition among school-age children is a major public health concern. Improving the quality of children’s foods and continuous education on feeding practices in the early years of life are cornerstones in addressing the challenge of malnutrition. The partnership between Nestlé Nigeria and the Ogun State Chapter of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria promoting healthy eating and lifestyle habits through the school-based nutrition education program is highly commendable and value-adding for children in the state”.
On his part, the Deputy Director, School Health, FCT UBEB, Alhaji Aboki Danladi said, “We
are proud of the outstanding performance of the children in the competition. The Board
appreciates Nestlé for its consistent investment in the education and welfare of children
over the years. The Nestlé for Healthier Kids Program is a laudable project, positively
impacting our children”.
Felicia Abraham, a primary 5 student of Gadonasko Science Primary School Gwagwalada
speaking on behalf of her teammate and her school said, “I really enjoyed the Nestlé for
Healthier Kids program as it taught me useful lessons for maintaining good health. The other schools did so well that we were a bit worried. We are very happy and proud of
ourselves for winning this competition on behalf of our school”.
Mrs. Abimbola Olatunji, a primary 5 teacher from St Paul’s Primary School, Orile Imo, Ogun State expressed her delight with the performance of her students given the hard work they
put into preparations for the competition. She appreciated Nestlé’s commitment to the
welfare of children in Ogun state.
Other winners of the competition are Salvation Army Primary School, Edu Agbara, Ogun
State and Model Primary School, Bwari, Abuja in second place, and Methodist Primary
School Abeokuta and LEA Primary School, Jiwa, Abuja in the third position.
All the winners took home exciting prizes from the organizers including sports gear for the
teams and sporting equipment for their schools.
Through the Nestlé for Healthier Kids program, the company continues to make progress on its commitment to unlocking the power of food to enhance the quality of life for everyone today and for future generations.
Relaunched in Nigeria in 2018, Nestlé for Healthier Kids is supported by the Ogun State
Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), FCT Universal Basic Education Board, Nutrition
Society of Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Education, and the Federal Ministry of Health.
About Nestlé Nigeria: Nestlé Nigeria is one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa. For over 58 years, the company has been delighting consumers around Nigeria by consistently delivering high-quality nutritious food. With a staff strength of over 2,200 direct employees, 3 manufacturing sites, 7 branch offices, and a head office located in Lagos, the company produces and markets several iconic brands including NESTLÉ PURELIFE, GOLDEN MORN, MILO, MAGGI, and NESCAFÉ. Nestlé’s purpose is to unlock the power of food to enhance the quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come.