UBA launches Le100 million 2nd National Essay Competition
SIERRA LEONE, Freetown: The United Bank of Africa (UBA) Foundation has on Monday 11th October, 2021 launched its 2nd Edition National Essay Competition (NEC) for the period October-November 2021 at the Bintumani Hotel.
The competition which is meant for Senior Secondary School pupils and is being done by the Foundation and the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE).
Managing Director Usman Isiaka said, the essay competition offers an opportunity for pupils in examination classes to strengthen their critical thinking, civics and other skillsets relevant for their growth.
“The winners will be given an opportunity to win a scholarship grant for their University education up to the limits of Le50 million, Le 30 million and Le 20 million for the first, second and third positions respectively” he said.
MD Isiaka explained that the NEC initiative started in 2011 as part of UBA Group’s drive to improve the access to education for the underprivileged across Africa. Sierra Leone’s maiden edition was launched in November 2020 with 289 essays from 43 schools across 7 provinces.
“Our objective this year is to ensure that we receive participants from all Schools across the 12 districts. As a Bank, we are committed to organising the competition every year to compliment the Sierra Leone government’s efforts in promoting quality education in the country” he said.
Abdul Sheku Kargbo, UBA Board Chairman appreciated the MBSSE’s role in the maiden edition and informed the Minister that the accounts of the three 2020 winners have been credited with a total sum of Le100 million grant scholarship and that the 12 finalists including the winners were given brand new laptops towards their educational research and other academic activities.
“We will remain committed in supporting the management of UBA in actualising the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibilities in the following areas; education, environment, economic and special projects” he said.
Launching the second edition, Minister David Moinina Sengeh spoke to the pupils about some guiding principles based on the MBSSE curriculum in which he mentioned the five C’s.
“Our five C’s are Creativity, Computational thinking, Critical thinking, Comprehension and Civics. Creativity is about thinking outside the box, Computational thinking is how you solve problems with numbers; Critical thinking is thinking outside the box, Comprehension, we can all read, some people can read but do not understand what they read and the final Civics is about society” he said.
Minister Sengeh revealed the 2021 competition essay title “Environmental Resilience in Sierra Leone; Identify A Critical Stakeholder And Present Their Interventions For Climate Change”.
Pupils are to submit their handwritten essays not later than 10th November, 2021 at any of the 16 MBSSE district offices or at UBA headquarters or branch locations across the country. The word count should be between 450 and 500 words and all essays must have a title and they will be judged based on their grammar, structure, illustrations of ideas and their creativity. ZIJ/13/10/2021
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