WINNERS' SMILE: The winning team from Teso College Aloet poses for a photo with Cathy Adengo, the Stanbic Head of CSI and Communications.

Teso College Aloet in Soroti District has been crowned Eastern regional winner of the ‘Stanbic National Schools Championship’ for 2017, after beating off stiff competition from four other schools and will now represent the region at the Grand finale in Kampala on April 29, 2017.

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony held at Mbale Secondary School, Samuel Okanya, Stanbic Bank Regional Manager – Eastern praised the winning team, noting that the competition was stiff.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Teso College Aloet and I am certain they are truly proud that they are reached this stage of the competition. It has not been easy given the level of preparation required and quality of the schools,” Mr Okanya said.

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The regional quiz competitions are the third stage in National Schools’ Championship which started with classroom competitions and an essay challenge in February. The competitions are held in each of Uganda’s four regions and the students are tested in a team quiz format on financial literacy, life skills, logical thinking and general knowledge.

Giving an update on the progress of the competition so far Cathy Adengo, the Stanbic Head of CSI and Communications, said that the bank was very happy with progress of the programme given the amazing talent from across the country.

“The level of enthusiasm and support from the students has been incredible and we are pleased that this competition moving on to the next level that will show us the greatest minds in the country,” Ms Adengo said.

Speaking about the next stage of the competition Martin Muhwezi, the Programme Director of the implementing partner, the Ministry of Education and Sports, said the teams that make it to the grand finale are expected to develop and run a bank simulation project over a one month period.

“At the end of the month they each make presentations before a panel of judges on their project. The team deemed by the Judges to have conducted the best project wins the grand prize which is a fully paid trip to South Africa for the two teammates and their patron teacher plus lunch with the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank,” Mr. Muhwezi revealed.

Forty schools and 4,000 students have taken part in this year’s competition and these include both  Government and Private Schools chosen with due consideration by Stanbic Bank’s partners.