Holy Cross Lake View SSS from Eastern Uganda has emerged victorious in the 4th edition of the Stanbic Bank National Schools (NSC) championships, following a highly competitive finishing round which involved four schools.
The winners managed to beat off competition from Nyakasura School from (Western region), St Mary’s College, Kisubi (Central region) and and St Mary’s College, Aboke (Northern region) who were selected for the penultimate stage which was the boot camp.
After a series of qualifying rounds the four finalist schools presented their relevant business plans to a panel of judges during the finale held at Hotel Africana on Friday.
As this year’s champions Holy Cross Lake View SSS will walk away with several prizes for their school including a trip to South Africa for the two contestants.
During the awards ceremony, Stanbic Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Mweheire thanked the 2019 champions for putting up a spirited fight and ably defending their business ideas.
“The aim of this Championship project is to promote access to better rounded education and enhance skills development through equipping students with entrepreneurship, critical thinking and life skills that we believe will better prepare them to be job creators in the future,” he said.
Speaking at the same ceremony, Business Man, Patrick Bitature asked schools, parents and Pupils to consider entrepreneurship as a good career option other than seeing it as a last alternative after the known and publicly respected professions like medicine, engineering and law
“The people that have developed this economy and other economies around the world are business men, entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is in Uganda is perceived in a negative manner, as something to do after failing to get an office Job which is very wrong. I urge schools and parents to embrace entrepreneurship and encourage their children to take it up from a young age” he said
He further told the students to always be focused and do everything with courage, honor and humility if they are to succeed in life
The annual NSC is a flagship Corporate Social Responsibility project of Stanbic Bank that runs countrywide and has been taking place since 2016. It seeks to equip students with business and enterprise skills in a bid to nurture entrepreneurship, creativity and long term business thinking.
“Student participation in this initiative has grown over the last four years to involve 72 schools and 21,600 students, a much more significant number of teachers, students and community members have benefited from the various life and financial skills trainings that we have implemented,” Mweheire said
Stanbic Bank Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Barbara Kasekende congratulated the winning school saying they won because they followed the business plan which full filled all the required sustainability tests.
“The quality of the competition this year has been very impressive. We are particularly pleased to see the great enthusiasm amongst the students which proves there is growing popularity for championship across the country each succeeding year.
“What’s more exciting is the passion the teachers have, not only for the National Schools initiative, but also for their self-development as well,” she said.
The theme for this year was ‘Empowering the job creators of tomorrow’. The competition began with activations across the four regions of the country. Participating schools then went through boot camp, classroom tests after which they had a business idea generation session that allowed them to present their business ideas to their respective school communities.