No fewer than 40 primary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will be participating in the 2017 School Debate League, says Mr. Barrow Omagbitse, Founder, Life Skill Experts.
Omagbitse, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the debate would involve both primary and secondary schools within the territory.
He said that the group had earlier approached the authorities of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for approval of the schools in the competition and support had been granted accordingly.
Omagbitse said that the debate would create consciousness in the heart of pupils on the happenings in their communities.
He noted that the debate would help introduce to the pupils and schools administration some basic learning resources as well as share in the philosophy of a life skill education.
According to him, the success of a child is depended on the ability to combine both the emotional intelligence or life skills and intelligence quotient.
“For individuals to achieve sustainable success, they need a combination of academic skills and life skills that is the combination of intelligence quotient and emotional intelligence.
“Social scientists have argued that as a component of success, emotional intelligence accounts for 85 per cent while intelligence quotient accounts for 15 per cent.
“This means that the major thrust of our efforts to educate our children should be focused on emotional and life skills that create this form of intelligence.
“Unfortunately, our school programmes in this part of the world focus almost exclusively on the 15 per cent intelligence quotient.