A none-governmental organization, the Mineke Foundation, held its first annual Kid’s Club spelling bee competition over the weekend. The exercise produced three winners who received cash awards of US$255.Elton J.Vah won the kid’s Club when he correctly spelt all the words that were assigned to him and walked away with a cash prize of US$100.Elton kept a serious expression throughout the competition until he finally brokered a smile when the judges announced that he had won the contest. Payne N. Gibson emerged as the runner up to Elton, for only two misspelled words in the final round, while Lovetta C. Jefferson the only female contender that reached the final took the third place. Payne received a cash award of US$75, while Lovetta walked away with US$50. Eight other participants including the three finalists each received a gift of school materials.The Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Development (ECD) at the Ministry of Education, Yukhiko Amnon, frowned on the poor attendance of parents at the competition. She said the spelling bee competition was a good initiative to keep their kids busy, especially during the school break.Min. Amnon commended the Mineke Foundation for its “good work,” and promised the ECD’s full support of its endeavors while urging community leaders to follow the good example to motivate students by introducing various competitive academic exercises.“We are open to help build the spirit of ECD in communities, but we need commitment from community leaders,” she said.For her part, the Coordinator of Mineke Foundation, Bukola Ayoola, observed that if a man spells a word, it is of no interest, but when a child spells great words, that becomes of great interest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
This April, Humanscale, a global designer and manufacturer of products that improve wellness at work, brings an engaging and innovative RE:CHARGE Café concept to the Fuorisalone during Milan Design Week.Humanscale has explored the science of biological lighting and its connection to wellness. Following circadian rhythms, this lighting represents a step forward for mental wellbeing and the impact on physical health, further demonstrating the brand’s commitment to design innovation, health and wellness.Humanscale’s Acting Creative Director and Designer, Todd Bracher – who is also behind some of the brand’s most recent designs, including the Trea Chair which mimics the instinctive recline of the human body and the glare-free Vessel Light – will transform a local Milanese café on Via Solferino into the RE:CHARGE Café concept.RE:CHARGE Café will feature a communal table with custom, state-of-the-art charging stations with built-in biological lighting and a lush green, air-purifying wall, made possible by the pioneering vertical agriculture specialists Vertical Field. Along with free Wi-Fi and a healthy bar offering specialised “Green Shots” for rejuvenation of body and mind, RE:CHARGE Café will support the harmonious blends of work, sociability, relaxation and recharge which are synonymous with the Humanscale brand.The RE:CHARGE Café concept is also inspired by ‘Engineered Nature’, a recent trend identified and developed by London-based forecasting studio Franklin Till, drawing on human’s inherent connection to the natural world and the health benefits of being exposed to nature.RE:CHARGE Café invites visitors to re-energise both physically and mentally, while promoting wellbeing through a carefully curated and researched space, educating and giving back to the design community.