KAMPALA – 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 below.
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Stanbic Bank Uganda is part of the Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets. Standard Bank Group reported total assets R2.3 trillion (about USD163 billion) at 31 December 2019, while its market capitalisation was R277 billion (USD20 billion).
The group has direct, on-the-ground representation in 20 African countries and in 5 global financial centres. Standard Bank Group has more than 1 100 branches and 9 000 ATMs in Africa, making it one of the largest banking networks on the continent. It provides global connections backed by deep insights into the countries where it operates.
Stanbic Bank Uganda provides the full spectrum of financial services. Its Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB) division serves a wide range of requirements for banking, finance, trading, investment, risk management and advisory services. Corporate & Investment Banking delivers this comprehensive range of products and services relating to: investment banking; global markets; and global transactional products and services.
Standard Bank’s corporate and investment banking expertise is focused on industry sectors that are most relevant to emerging markets. It has strong offerings in mining and metals; oil, gas and renewables; power and infrastructure; agribusiness; telecommunications and media; and financial institutions.
Stanbic Bank Uganda’s Personal and Business Banking unit (PBB) offers banking and other financial services to individuals and small-to-medium enterprises. PBB serves the increasing need among Africa’s small business and individual customers for banking products that can meet their shifting expectations and growing wealth.