Stanbic Bank has announced changes in the format of the 2020 Stanbic National Schools Championship (NSC) in line with the Government directives to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Whereas the 2020 planned activities primarily entailed in-person learning activities, skilling sessions and project assessment, all activities will now be implemented and assessed digitally through video, e-mail and easily-accessible digital formats.
Commenting on the adjusted format, Barbara Kasekende the Head Corporate Social Investment said “The Championship objective still remains to empower the job creators of tomorrow and while we cannot do that physically anymore, we have developed a comprehensive digital plan to ensure continued execution of the Project activities.”
The National Schools Championship, which was launched in 2015 as the Bank’s flagship Corporate Social Investment Programme, seeks to impart critical life skills to youth in secondary schools in Uganda. Since then, over 200,000 students from 180 schools have acquired business, financial, personal branding and life management skills. The 2020 Championship has 100 schools vying for the prizes that include a fully installed solar system, water system and scholastic materials for the schools, and various individual prizes.
The 2020 Championship which begun with written tests will be followed by intra-school and regional business planning conducted via e-mail, home-based business implementation and a grand finale comprising business presentations and pitching.
According to Ms Kasekende, the need for multi-level skilling is more important now than ever. “We need to empower young people with skills that they can use to survive and even thrive in spite of a drastically changing environment. Over the years, the NSC has proven that ‘We can do it,” Kasekende concluded.
More details about the activities of the National Schools Championship will be communicated to the participating schools and can also be obtained via email or any of the social media handles of Stanbic.