SWITZERLAND, JULY 9 – Frontline financial and human capital technology firm in Africa, Systemspecs, has rewarded winners of its 2020 Children’s Day Essay Competition, themed, ‘Nigeria of my dream: Making it happen with Technology,’ with internship opportunities, among other prizes.
According to John Obaro, Managing Director, SystemSpecs, the participants in the contest have shown that technology is not only relevant in personal and corporate life, but also in the life of a nation.
“Whether yours emerged among the top entries or not, you are a winner. You have made a major leap, added to your feathers and positioned yourself for greater success,” he said during the presentation event on Tuesday.
Obaro added that SystemSpecs is receptive to admitting the Honour Roll winners and other participants into the organisation for internships and other placements when they are ready for such opportunity.
Today’s Echo had earlier reported that pupils from Ogun State, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, emerged winners of the competition in the Junior and Senior categories, reflecting the wide geographic spread of the competition.
In a presentation event, held online on Tuesday and monitored by Today’s Echo, the indigenous technology giant honoured about 2000 young Nigerians between ages 9 and 16, who took part in the competition, for daring to dream and articulately sharing—in writing—their vision for Nigeria powered by innovative technology.
The firm specially recognised the top 3 participants and admitted top 10 participants into the Honour Roll in the junior and senior categories. The event, which also featured the official presentation of prizes, was attended by participants, their parents, wards, well-wishers, SystemSpecs management staff and the general public.
In his comment, Kalu Derrick Ugochukwu (15) of Fosla Academy, Karshi, Abuja who came top in the senior category appreciated the opportunity and expressed his delight at emerging as the overall winner in the senior category.
“I thank the Almighty God for making this recognition come my way and at this time,” said Ugochukwu. He also thanked his parents and teachers for spurring him on, and SystemSpecs for organising the competition at a time many student longed for such avenues to task their mental capacity.
In his speech, Onuoha-Okoro N. David (11) of St Anthony Grammar School (Private) in Esure, Ijebu Imushin, Ogun state, who emerged first in junior category appreciated God for the inspiration, his parents for the support as well as the organisers of the competition.
While noting some of the general areas of improvement observed during the evaluation of the entries, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata (CFA), speaking on behalf of the 2020 evaluation panel, noted that he was glad that the competition provided insight into some of the challenges within the education system in Nigeria which need to be speedily tackled.
“It is important that people realise that education is a lifestyle and not a means to merely pass,” Agbata added.
Young Nigerians from more than 500 schools in twenty-nine states and the FCT had sent in about 2,000 entries within a 2-week window to participate in the 2020 edition of the competition.
As a leading technology firm driving innovation in Nigeria, SystemSpecs has consistently engaged in initiatives that stimulate capacity development and promote innovation.
One of them is the yearly Remita Summer Coding Camp, a fully funded training programme, conceived to equip participants with digital skills in an accelerated and practical learning environment that aims to improve access to technology education in Nigeria.
SystemSpecs has also consistently advocated for increased participation of Nigerian women in ICT, through its longstanding sponsorship of the International Girls in ICT day organised by eBusiness Life.
The SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition is part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility of contributing to capacity development in Nigeria for the attainment of an all-round prosperous country.