A school in Onitsha, Anambra state, Queen of the Rosary College, has clinched second place in the just-concluded World Affairs Challenge, a competition organised by the United Nations (UN).
News.ng gathered that the competition is designed for middle and high school students to develop and implement their own S.M.A.R.T. solutions for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to the UN, the SDGs are the blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future.
The team from Queen of the Rosary College Onitsha innovated Queens’ Lyfe bags – a 100% plantable biodegradable bag made from rice straws, banana fibres, and corn husks.
It was infused with tomato, pepper, and watermelon seeds so the bags could grow into plants when disposed of.
A team from the USA won first place, and a bilateral team of students from US and Iraq won third place in the competition.
Their teacher, Mr. John Onuigbo, led the students to the competition.
They were said to have competed with over 760 participants during the preliminary rounds, which narrowed down to 28 teams, after which they were picked as the second-place in the high school division.
Nine countries participated in the global finals this year, and they include Nigeria, Ghana, USA, France, Iraq, Turkey, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Morocco.
Anambra governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, had earlier eulogised the school for answering the clarion call of stakeholders to partner with his administration in transforming Anambra learning institutions into smart schools.
Recall that in September 2022, Miss Njoku Munachi of Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha, emerged as the winner in the junior category of the South East All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) Quiz Competition.
The competition occurred at the ANCOPSS training centre in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.