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Report Summary on Our Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

About Vision 2020

Vision 2020 YERI is a youth and national development initiative conceived by the Management and staff of Lonadek Consultants, which was inaugurated in May 2006. Our team works with various educational institutions, associations and societies to organize seminars, workshops and retreats on skills and competency development. YERI also distributes educational materials to the Nigerian youth to support their educational pursuits and career aspirations. 

Our core focus is to impact and empower senior secondary school students and 1st and 2nd-year undergraduates to become innovators and world leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields 

The 2019 Vision 2020 Gaming (Jigsaw Puzzle) Competition brought together twenty-four (24) public secondary schools student in Lagos state. The Four-day session which was held at the Cedar Centre between 28th October and 1st November 2019 was supported by Lonadek. The competition featured several hours of puzzling aimed to inculcate problem-solving, time management and collaboration skills in participants, as well as help increase positive youth development. 

Information present in this article outlines the details of the Jigsaw puzzle competition and other related activities during the session. 

About Gaming (Jigsaw Puzzle) Competition 

The Jigsaw Strategy is an efficient way for cognitive and cooperative learning. The jigsaw process encourages listening, engagement, and empathy by giving each member of the team an essential part to play in the academic activity. The strategy was introduced by Aronson (1978) and places great emphasis on cooperation and shared responsibility within teams. The success of each team depends on the participation of each individual in completing their task. In addition, doing Jigsaw puzzles develops several functions of the brain simultaneously as a child has fun and also learns. Most notably developed in this learning process are the abilities to reason, deduce, analyze, sequence, and develop logical thought and problem-solving skills. Eye-hand coordination and spatial awareness are also required to complete a jigsaw puzzle. Aronson found that children who were taught using the cooperative jigsaw approach outperformed children who were taught in competitive classrooms.  

Program Details 

The four days Gaming (Jigsaw Puzzle) Competition which had twenty-four public senior secondary schools participated began with student spending approximately 3 hours to finish the puzzle after which the correct puzzle pieces were counted.

Cross-section of students working during the Jigsaw Puzzle Competition 

The schools involved in the gaming competition are; 

  1. Surulere Girls Senior Secondary School
  2. Holy Child College
  3. Baptist College, Kosofe
  4. Fazl-Omar Senior High School
  5. Eletu-Odibo Senior High School 
  6. Nwar-Ud-Deen Senior High School
  7. Aiyetoro Senior Grammar School
  8. Obele Community Senior School
  9. Bellina College Akoka
  10. Herbert Macaulay Girls Senior High School
  11. Arch Deacon Adelaja Senior High School
  12. Queens College Yaba Lagos
  13. Arikosere College
  14. Lagos City Senior College
  15. Surulere Senior Secondary School 
  16. Eric Moore Senior High School
  17. Birrel Avenue Senior High School
  18. Mainland Senior High School
  19. Stadium Senior High School
  20. Ideal Girls Senior High School
  21. Itolo Girls Senior School
  22. Iponri Estate Senior High School
  23. Akintan Senior Grammar School
  24. Gbaja Girls High School

The 1st stage of the competition ended with 8 schools with the highest number of correct puzzle pieces moved to the semi-final stage. Schools at this stage include;

  1. Holy Child College 
  2. Surulere Senior Secondary School 
  3. Mainland Senior High School 
  4. Herbert Macaulay Girls School
  5. Stadium Senior Secondary School
  6. Ideal Girls Senior High School 
  7. Gbaja Girls Senior Secondary School 
  8. Fazl-Omar Senior High School
Cross-section of winners from the competition 

Four participating schools made it to the final stage of the competition and these schools are; 

  1. Holy Child College who came out tops (1st Position)
  2. Ideal Girls Senior High School (2nd Position) 
  3. Mainland Senior High School (3rd Position) 
  4. Herbert Macaulay Girls School (4th Position) 

Conclusion 

The final day ceremony was graced by the Principal Consultant, Dr Ibilola Amao who presented the awards to the finalist. 

The very interactive gaming session ended with huge excitement not only for the finalist but also knowledge gained, and capacity built by all participants who are committed to using the same in their academic and social endeavours.   

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