October 13, 2021
By Kweku Nelson
United Bank of Africa (UBA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Senior Education (MBSE) on Monday October 11, 2021, launched the 2nd Edition of the National Essay Competition, at the Bintumani Conference Center.
The National Education Competition (NEC) is a UBA Foundation Initiative that started in 2011 in Nigeria as part the bank’s drive to improve access to education for the under-privileged across Africa.
The Managing Director of UBA, Usman Isiaka said, NEC offers an opportunity to pupils in Senior Secondary Education to strengthen their critical thinking skills, civics, and other skillsets relevant to educational advancement.
He said this year’s competition would mark the 2nd edition of the National Essay Competition in Sierra Leone.
He added that the top three winners of the competition would win themselves a scholarship grant for their university education.
He said the first will take home Le50 million, the second Le 30 million and the third Le 20 million respectively.
He further stated that the bank’s objective for this year is to ensure that pupils from all secondary schools across the country to participate in the competition, thus emphazing the reasons the bank launched the scheme earlier than it did in the previous year.
He stressed that UBA is committed to organizing the competition annually in order to compliment the Sierra Leone government’s efforts in promoting quality education in the Country.
The Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE), Dr. David Moninia Sengeh, said the Essay Competition complements the Ministry’s efforts in promoting creativity, critical thinking and civics among pupils.
He noted that the topic for this year’s National Competition is ‘Environment resilience in Sierra Leone; Identify a critical stakeholder and present their intervention for climate change’’.
He urged pupils who have thew intention to participate in the competition not to copy obvious answers, but rather identify any stakeholder in the country and then make presentation on how they can solve problems through their intervention for climate change.
He further encouraged pupils from different discipline to participate, thus emphasizing that the competition is not only meant for pupils in the Art discipline but everyone.
Esther Michael, Brand Manager, explained that participants must submit hand written essay at any of the 16 MBSES district offices or any UBA branch nationwide not later than 10th November, 2021 at 5pmGMT.
The essay competition, she said, will be judge based on grammar, structure, illustration of ideas and creativity and will be marked by a panel of academic judge selected by the MBSSE and UBA.
She noted that announcement for the 12 finalists of the competition will be made on TV.
She said the finalist will write second essay, which would be evaluated for selecting the first, second and third.