The key activities of the competition will take place as follows:

  1. An opening session will entail an opening prayer, introduction of participants, opening/welcome remarks, objective of the competition, and a presentation on ‘Value of Vaccines and Immunization financing in Nigeria’. This will be followed by goodwill messages by representatives of government, organizations and participating schools.
  2. Following the opening session and tea break, the creative arts consultant will deliver a 15-minute brief on the arts competition and creative writing. This brief should equip the participants on the theme of the competition, the rules and regulations guiding the competition and further motivate them to freely express themselves through drawing, painting, writing, and poetry.
  3. This will then be followed by two hours of creative writing, drawing or poetry by the 40 participating students from 20 schools. The competition will be well guided and supervised by the creative arts consultants and technical support staff. During this period, other participants will be treated to arts, advocacy contents and picture exhibition.
  4. Following the competition, the 3 competition judges will closely review the artworks in 1 hour. The judges will decide on the best 12 artworks created by the students. During this time, the students will be encouraged to network amongst themselves and this will be followed by lunch.
  5. After lunch, one of the judges will announce the best 12 creative arts and writing content developed by the students. Representatives of DCL/IVAC and Save the Children will then present prizes to the best 12 students. All participating students will receive certificates of participation as a form of incentive for their hard work. Group photographs of all attendees will then be taken.
  6. After the announcement and awards, the best 12 artists will be profiled for a social media challenge by representatives of DCL. This will include obtaining their photography, short biography and picture of their winning creative arts and writing content. Starting from the 13th of April, 2017 through 23rd April, 2017, there will be an online and social media challenge where the students will invite their friends and family to visit and like designated posts of their creative arts and writing works on WAVA website and social media pages. Voting will end by 11.59pm on 23rd April, 2017. A manual counting of the total number of likes on the webpage and social media handles will determine the top three winners. Winners of the challenge will be announced and awarded with prizes during the African Vaccination Week (AVW) press conference on the 24th of April, 2017.
  7. The closing session will include closing remarks by a representative of DCL and closing prayer.
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