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UBA Uganda Launches the National Essay Competitions –NEC

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Kampala Uganda | 17, July 2022. United Bank for Africa (UBA) Uganda has launched the National Essay Competitions (NEC) aimed at promoting reading and writing culture among Ugandan youths.

The competitions will see students from various Ugandan Secondary Schools compete in essay writing on given topics where the best essays will be awarded with gifts that will range from cash, laptops, scholarships, branded gifts and certificates.

Competitions are open and all students in all Ugandan Secondary Schools have a chance to participate and will have an equal advantage to win.

Speaking at the launch of the National Essay Competitions, the UBA Uganda CEO Mrs Chioma Mang emphasized on the objectivity of the awards where parties of conflicting interest like family members of UBA Staff and appointed judges will not compete.

Highlighting on how NEC started in Nigeria, spread to Ghana and Senegal and finally extended to Uganda, the 4th out of 21 countries where UBA has operational branches, she said that UBA Uganda is really focused to see the NEC competition get better year after year to include more students and give more awards.

Competitions are aimed at developing reading and writing culture among students, increasing their skills of communication and also building self esteem among the competitors

Competitors will have up to August 24th to submit their hand written essays, which can be submitted at any of the 15 branches of UBA countrywide or scanned and sent through the online means that will be availed on UBA Social media handles.

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Ms. Mary Angella Naddamba an officer from Ministry of Education, in the department Secondary Education who was the guest of honor thanked United Bank for Africa helping on the government program to equip Children with practical, reading and writing skills.

“We wish to [appreciate] the significance of the essay that UBA has started” said Angella Naddamba.

She further called for nationalization of the project to help students from up country also to participate.

“I will make sure that my student in Bundibugyo also competes alongside the one in Lubiri Secondary School” she added.

She promised to use her network of head teachers countrywide to inform them about the ongoing Essay competitions so that they can also involve their students in participation.

National Essay Competitions
UBA CEO and Invited Guests  at the launch of National Essay Competitions today.

To compete, one must be a Ugandan Secondary School student with a Students ID, National ID or Passport. Students will further be expected to write an essay of not more than 750 on given topics.

Panel of judges composed of 3 people from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda Christian University and Kampala International University will select and announce top 10 essays on August 29, who will go to round two of essay competition to select the grand winners who will be awarded on September 9th, 2022 before an audience of their parents, teachers, Bank officials, dignitaries from Ministry of Education and media.

The winner will walk away with UGX 3,500,000 a brand new laptop, and a scholarship. The runners up and the second runners up will each be awarded a brand new laptop. All 10 finalists will be awarded with certificates of participation and gift hampers.

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