Stanbic offers SA trip for quiz winners
February 20- Forty Secondary schools from all over Uganda are competing for an all expenses trip to South Africa which is the top prize in Stanbic National Schools Championship 2017. The winners will be announced in April.
The schools are to participate in a series of educational activities from class debates, quiz competition and dynamic group projects. The championship is being organized in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Patrick Mweheire, the Stanbic Uganda Chief Executive Officer said. “Education is often the most ignored and yet requires the most attention if communities are to achieve development and sustainability.
“Currently Uganda’s demographics show that 75% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 25. Most of these youth will need jobs and the most important aspect is to invest in education to ensure that this young population is equipped with the best of skills that will enable them survive once they are through school,” he said.
Other prizes on offer include I-pads, books and internship opportunities at Stanbic.
Mweheire said, “Given that the population is galloping faster than the changes available, Stanbic Bank will use some of its limited sources to try and bridge the gap through education since education is the strongest pillar of our CSI programmes.”
The competition, which will see over 3000 students from all the regions take part, aims to encourage and challenge students in critical thinking and provide exposure to vast knowledge beyond school.
It will also provide students with financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills in addition to improving their problem-solving skills, build confidence and refine their presentation skills.
Benson Kule, the Commissioner for Higher Education said, “The contribution of the private sector in the education sector is fully respected and needed if we are to adopt higher education as a key step in driving growth in the country.
The Ministry expects schools through the project to breed excellence and cultivate cooperation among students. But most of all, we hope that it will teach students resilience and confidence.”
He added that such initiatives help tweak the minds of students to prepare beyond what they may have studied.