By Our Reporter
Teso College Aloet from Soroti district has been crowned Eastern regional winner of the Stanbic National Schools Championship for 2017. They beat off stiff competition from four other schools and will now represent the region at the Grand finale set to be held in Kampala on the 29th of April 2017.
Congratulating the team from Teso College Aloet at the prize giving ceremony held at Mbale Secondary School, Samuel Ocanya, Stanbic Bank Regional Manager – Eastern said, “This is a fantastic achievement for your institution and I am certain you are truly proud to reach this stage of the competition. It has not been easy given the level of preparation required and quality of the schools.”
The regional quiz competitions are the third stage in the National Championship School which started with classroom competitions and an essay challenge in February. Held in each of Uganda’s four regions, the students are tested in a team quiz format on financial literacy, life skills, logical thinking and general knowledge.
Giving an update on the progress of the competition so far Cathy Adengo, Head of CSI and Communications said that the bank was pleased to see the amazing talent from across the country.
“The level of enthusiasm and support from the students has been incredible and we are pleased that this competition moving on to the next level that will show us the greatest minds in the country,” she said.
Martin Muhwezi, the Program Director of the implementing partner revealed, “The teams who make it to the Grand finale are expected to develop and run a bank simulation project over a one month period. At the end of the month they each make presentations before a panel of judges on their project. The team deemed by the Judges to have conducted the best project wins the grand prize which is a fully paid trip to South Africa for the two team mates and their patron teacher plus lunch with the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank.”
40 schools and 4,000 students have taken part in this year’s competition. These include both Government and Private Schools chosen with due consideration by Stanbic Bank’s partners in the Championship including the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Nyambura is a senior journalist based in Kampala