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UBA Foundation’s National Essay Competition(NEC) 2021 Ready to Receive Digital Applications.

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Opens Portal for NEC 2021;  Prizes increase in value by 33%

UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has announced the commencement of the 2021 edition of its annual National Essay Competition (NEC) in Nigeria with a call for entries.

 

The National Essay Competition (NEC) is part of UBA Foundation’s education initiative which is aimed at promoting literacy and encouraging healthy and intellectual competition amongst senior secondary school students in Nigeria and across the African continent.

 

 

This year’s edition, which is its 11th, has been modified to ensure ease of access and the increased participation of students from Senior Secondary School across Nigeria, who can submit their entries from the comfort of their homes and schools through the UBAF NEC digital submission portal www.ubagroup.com/national-essay-competition.

 

 

Like the previous year, the prizes for the NEC 2021 winners have increased in value considerably by 33%. The first prize winner will receive an educational grant of N3 million to study at any African university of their choice, up from the N2.5 million in 2020. The second and third prizes now stand at N2.5 million and N2 million educational grants respectively. Winners of the 12 best essays will also go home with state-of-the-art Laptops to help them with their tertiary research work and other studies.

 

 

The Chief Executive Officer, UBA Foundation, Mrs. Bola Atta, said that the Foundation scaled up the prizes for the second year in a row in order to accommodate the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and also the fluctuation in the currency levels.

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She explained that with the digital submission portal, more students in secondary schools across the country will 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.

 

 

“At UBA Foundation, it is imperative  that our programmes continue to impact lives in meaningful ways. We realise that the use of technologically driven initiatives is part of the modern day. We want to be able to reach the students where they are and this is mostly online. The digital portal for online submission has made it more comfortable for students to send in their applications and compete with ease.

 

 

For those who do not have access to computers or data, we are going to make this competition inclusive by allowing them access to any UBA branch near them to submit their entries digitally. Every student who wishes to, will be able to enter for the NEC 2021 and stand a chance to win a fully funded University education through the UBA Foundation’ said Atta.

 

 

The essay topic for this year is: “What is the role of technology in educating the African Youth?” All essays must be handwritten and students have up until October 29, 2021 to upload the scanned copies of their handwritten entries as well as their IDs on the digital portal at www.ubagroup.com/national-essay-competition. No physical copies will be accepted this year.

 

 

The submissions will be evaluated by judges who are professors from reputable Nigerian Universities. These judges select the top 12 finalists who will take home consolation prizes including personal computers. The 12  finalists will write another supervised essay where the top three winners will be announced at the grand finale to be held on November 30th at UBA’s head office in Lagos, Nigeria.

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The UBA Foundation’s National Essay Competition has been rolled out in 4 other countries where UBA operates, with plans in place to cover 19 African countries in the next couple of years.

 

 

UBA Foundation embodies the UBA Group’s CSR objectives and seeks to impact positively on societies through several laudable projects and initiatives. The Foundation through its Education pillar, has donated hundreds of thousands of books to students across Africa under the ‘Read Africa’ initiative aimed at encouraging and promoting the reading culture in African youths.

 

 

Students can apply for the National Essay Competition 2021 at: www.ubagroup.com/national-essay-competition

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Premiere Academy Marks International Day of the Girl Child with Anglican Girls Grammar School – AGGS

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October 11th every year is earmarked as the International Day of the Girl Child. The Day of the Girl Child focuses on the need to address the challenges the Girl Child faces, and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. 

To commemorate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, Premiere Academy Lugbe, Abuja visited Anglican Girls Grammar School Gudu, Abuja. The visitation was borne out of her core value of adequately preparing students for the future so that, they can be relevant in society.

This year’s International Day of the Girl Child is focused on the digital revolution and the commitment to address the gender digital dichotomy experienced by today’s generation of girls if we must achieve meaningful and sustainable change in the digital space.

In line with the theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child — Digital Generation; Our Generation,’ the visit enlightened the Girl Child about career opportunities in the digital space.

The visitation was programmed with a talk to address the gender digital dichotomy in access to devices, skills and most importantly, encourage the Girl-Child to pursue skills in the digital space for relevance in the 21st-century workplace.

More so, as the sensitization continues, the interest of the female students was stimulated to take seriously STEM subjects just as their male counterparts.

As the activities earmarked for the day came to a close, the female students had an eye-opener with regards to digital realities and the skills they need to excel and be significant in the digital age.

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Premiere Academy has been providing a conducive atmosphere for the Girl Child to excel in digital technology for the past sixteen years, by running programmes such as coding, robotics, electronics, technical drafting and more recently 3D-printing technology.

Premiere Academy believes that the current wide gap in the digital divide between male and female gender can be substantially bridged by creating awareness to as many young girls as possible.

Premiere Academy appreciates the Management, Principal, staff, and students of Anglican Girls Grammar School for making the day a success.

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The WIN Education Nigeria Magic Of Getting Admission Into Schools Abroad

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With the mission to support applicants for admissions abroad, WIN Education Nigeria has revealed details of 2022 admission for UK and USA Colleges and Universities, commencing in January. Already the January admission is already closing for most schools, and the rush is presently on.

 

 

 

Narrating his personal experience that lead to WIN Education Nigeria, Samson Soyebi in a Facebook message sent to his followers and friends has this to say about his journey into WIN Education Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

”At some point in my life I realised I needed to position myself more strategically, and sought more opportunities internationally, this reality made me relocate to the UK, and later this year I joined a University in Southampton, England, with the hope of learning more and becoming a better person, understanding that preparation precedes opportunity.

 

 

 

“But my new found home, gave me opportunity to see the challenges Nigerians desiring to study abroad are going through, especially with access to right and timely information as well as support in securing desired admission at international universities and securing visas.

 

 

 

”I moved round, asking questions and to the glory of God, I met international partners willing to establish an office in Nigeria to ensure Nigerians do not have to go through these hurdles anymore.

 

 

 

”This our aligned interest gave birth to WIN Education Nigeria (an extension of Westminster International which is an internationally established admission support organization with offices spread across the globe, and partnership relationship with universities and colleges in the Uk and USA, and just recently extending to Canada and Australia)”.

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He went further to state that “recently, Westminister International opened her first office in Nigeria, in Opebi, Lagos called “WIN Education Nigeria” and commenced operations with the aim of providing Nigerians desiring to study in the UK, and US with very high-quality counselling and admission services to anyone desiring to study Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral courses at partnered UK and US universities, while supporting applicants to sail through with scholarship opportunities, and the very strict visa compliance requirements.

 

 

 

According to Soyebi, ”these services are without having to pay any extra cost aside tuition and visa related payments as the organisation does not charge applicants for these services”

 

 

 

Concluding, he submitted that those who wish to partake in the service can find out more about WIN Education Nigeria on their Web page:

 

https://win-ed.co.uk/study-in-the-uk-january-2022-intake/
and Social media platform below: https://www.facebook.com/WINEducationNigeria

 

And the office directly on +2348188881395 (WIN Nigeria Office – WhatsApp and calls)

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