It' s a Whopping 40% increase in the UBA Foundation 2022 Essay Competition
Perhaps highly motivated by the immortal Educational quotes by late South Africa President and human Right activists, Nelson R. Mandela who once stated thus :
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, for the power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation.”
The UBA Foundation, a corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Plc, said it has commenced the 2022 edition of its ‘National Essay Competition’ in Nigeria with a call for entries.
In a position paper made available to the World industry leaders Magazine, the foundation said the competition is part of UBA Foundation’s education initiative aimed at promoting literacy, and encouraging healthy and intellectual competition among senior secondary school students in Nigeria and across the African continent.
“Now in its 12th edition, this year will witness increased participation of students from Senior Secondary Schools across Nigeria, who are now able to submit their entries with ease from the comfort of their homes or schools through the UBAF NEC digital submission portal,” it stated.
The statement said the essay topic for this year is ‘ASUU strikes have often cost Nigerian students time. Advise the Nigerian government on how they can reach an agreement with ASUU to improve tertiary education in the country’.
It said for the past three years, UBA Foundation had been reviewing the prizes upwards to reflect economic realities and inflationary effects.
The NEC 2022 prizes had increased by 40 per cent from previous year, it added
The statement said the first prize winner would receive an educational grant of N5m to study at any African university of their choice, up from the N3.5m in 2021.
It added that the second and third prizes now stood at N3m and N2.5m educational grants rising from N2.5m and N2m respectively.
Winners of the 12 best essays would go home with brand new Laptops and other educational tools to help them with their tertiary research work and other studies.
The Chief Executive Officer, UBA Foundation, Mrs Bola Atta, said with the digital submission portal, more students in secondary schools across the country would have the opportunity to scan and send in their entries and compete to win educational grants for study at any university of their choice on the African continent.
She said, “Overtime, we have worked hard to ensure that our UBA Foundation programmes continue to impact lives in meaningful ways. We realise that the use of technologically driven initiatives is part of the modern day and we would like to reach students in their comfort zones.
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