Stanbic Bank Uganda launches the National Schools Championship with the help of IUEA.
Capturing the camaraderie: Panellists unite for a commemorative photo at the conclusion of the National Schools Championship Launch.

The 9th Season of the National Schools Championship was proudly inaugurated on April 8, 2024, by the International University of East Africa (IUEA) and Stanbic Bank Uganda at the prestigious Umoja House in Nakasero. This partnership underscores IUEA’s dedication to fostering educational excellence and nurturing young talent across Uganda.

The anticipation builds: Official poster for the 9th Season of the National Schools Championship unveiled at the launch event.

What is the National Schools Championship?

The Stanbic National Schools Championship, a flagship Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by Stanbic Bank, is dedicated to empowering exceptional youth in secondary and vocational institutes. It provides comprehensive training and mentorship programs aimed at fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. Over the years, this initiative has injected over 6 billion Ugandan shillings into the economy and has spawned more than 200 successful businesses, highlighting Stanbic Bank’s commitment to addressing youth unemployment and bridging the gap between education and industry needs.

Leading the way: Madam Diana Ondoga, from Stanbic Bank, orchestrates as Master of Ceremony at the launch event.

How does the National School Championship Benefit Participants?

Participants in the National Schools Championship are equipped with essential skills and knowledge through:

  • Educator Empowerment: A 2-day workshop for teachers focuses on cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship within schools.
  • Practical Learning: Participating schools receive specialised toolkits to encourage skill development.
  • Bootcamp for Champions: Top students and their teachers undergo a 5-day residential business boot camp to further hone their entrepreneurial abilities.
  • Rewarding Excellence: The NSC recognises and celebrates outstanding achievement, offering a combined prize pool of 70 million Ugandan shillings to top schools, teachers, and alumni.
Representatives of IUEA, Ladhi Stokes, the Public Relations Officer ,Sheila Ombogo, the Head of Marketing, and Kevin Lubuye, Marketing Officer, representing IUEA during the launch event.

Why was IUEA chosen as a key partner for the competition?

IUEA’s selection as a key partner for the competition signifies its commitment to innovation, academic excellence, and diversity:

  • Tradition of Innovation: IUEA has a rich history of pioneering industry-shaking innovations.
  • Diversity of Programs: With a wide range of programs, IUEA ensures scholarships cater to the diverse needs of participants, both online and on-campus.
  • Pedigree of Excellence: Stanbic Bank entrusts IUEA to provide a high standard of education, supporting participants’ inherent talent.
  • Wholistic Academic Experience: IUEA offers a vibrant educational environment, recently highlighted by hosting African music icon Davido and organising multicultural events promoting unity.
Sheila Ombogo, from IUEA, delivers a heartfelt speech, expressing gratitude and emphasising our commitment to the championship.

What happened during the launch event?

The launch event commenced with a gracious welcome from Diana Ondoga, the Manager of Corporate and Social Investment at Stanbic Bank, who assumed the role of Master of Ceremonies. With finesse, she orchestrated the proceedings, inviting representatives from various partners to the stage to elucidate their invaluable contributions to the initiative.

Representing IUEA was Sheila Ombogo, the Head of Marketing, who eloquently showcased our institution’s commitment to nurturing talent through generous scholarships and a holistic educational experience. Over the years, our scholarship program has seen significant growth, exemplified by our contributions of $10,652 in 2018 and $13,311 in 2021, supporting the pursuit of diplomas and bachelor’s degrees alike.

During the event, a representative from Roofings Ltd. delivered an impassioned plea for environmental stewardship. He underscored the often underestimated significance of trees in our daily lives, urging attendees to plant seeds of change. To support this noble cause, Roofings Ltd. generously provided free seeds, available for collection at their offices, fostering a culture of sustainability and environmental awareness.

Insights into the future: George Mutekanga from the Ministry of Education sheds light on the challenges of youth unemployment during the launch event.

George Mutekanga, the Commissioner for Private Schools at the Ministry of Education, emphasised the importance of the competition in addressing Uganda’s youth unemployment crisis. This concern was highlighted in Uganda’s Vision 2040 National Development Plan, an agenda that IUEA’s partnership with NEMA aimed to address. Mr. Mutekanga officially inaugurated the 9th Season of the National Schools Championship, marking a significant milestone in youth empowerment.

Following Mr. Mutekanga’s speech, the 9th Season of the National Schools Championship was officially launched, accompanied by a joyful photo session. Attendees from diverse backgrounds came together to capture the moment, fostering unity and collaboration. Afterward, they mingled, strengthening bonds and discussing ways to ensure the initiative’s success.

IUEA is proud to be part of the National Schools Championship, a platform dedicated to nurturing young innovators and entrepreneurs. This partnership underscores our commitment to providing quality education and equipping the industry with skilled professionals. We eagerly anticipate hosting aspiring minds, poised to transform lives and shape the future. Join us in championing innovation and excellence in education.

Memories in the making: Attendees gather for a group photo, marking the beginning of the National Schools Championship 9th Season.

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