For quite long, we have bemoaned the inferior prizes obtainable by winners of educational competitions in Nigeria in comparison with those of entertainment competitions. Interswitch, an African-focused integrated digital payment company has now given us something to cheer. In their new CSR drive, the company has launched InterswitchSPAK, an educational competition initiative aimed at grooming students’ prowess in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.
The elaborate launch graced by prominent stakeholders as the Registrar of National Examination Council (NECO), Prof. Charles Uwakwe among others took place at Southern Sun, Ikoyi on February 20, 2018 and the registration portal was opened the next day. In his address, the Marketing Manager of Interswitch, Olawale Akanbi submitted that "the goal is to encourage theoretical learning of STEM subjects, rewarding excellence and providing opportunities for developing innovative solutions to societal problems."
Also speaking at the occasion was the Chief Marketing Officer, Cherry Eromosele who says, "SPAK is a distinctive concept under the Interswitch’s Switch A Future initiative. As a mix of education, technology and entertainment which align with our fundamental values of excellence and innovation, this initiative is designed to identify, promote and spark the right support and reward for STEM students and stakeholders."
1st Winner: 5-year scholarship in any Nigerian institution, a laptop computer, a gold trophy and monthly stipend for 5 years, all totaling ₦7.5million.
2nd position: 3-year scholarship in any Nigerian institution, a laptop computer, a silver trophy and monthly stipend for 3 years, all totaling ₦4million.
3rd position: 1-year scholarship in any Nigerian institution, a laptop computer and a gold trophy.
In addition, the teachers who groomed the winning students and their schools would be rewarded.
To participate, interested schools (both public and private) across Nigeria are to register six (6) best SSS 2 students respectively.
Registration portal opens on 21st February and closes on 15th April, 2018. Visit www.interswitchspak.com to register NOW!
Registered students shall participate in a National qualifying examination slated for 21st April, 2018. The exam will be conducted by NECO at designated centers across the nation.
81 students with the highest score will be invited to participate at the second stage of the educational competition. This will be recorded and transmitted on TV and social media.
What are you waiting for? We’ve seen huge cash-prize splash on Gulder Ultimate Search, Project Fame, Big Brother Naija, Nigerian Idol among others. Non had been as weighty as 7.5M for an educational competition! Thumbs up for Interswith on this one. So where are my students? Where are the schools? Visit www.interswitchspak.com for more information NOW!
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