SystemSpecs, leading financial, human capital management, and e-commerce technology giant in Africa, has presented prizes to winners of the 30th anniversary edition of its annual Children’s Day Essay Competition in a recent ceremony at its office in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria.

In the 30th anniversary and third edition of the annual competition, Nigerian children aged 9 to 16 shared relevant technology-led ideas with the potential of transforming the nation’s educational system.

Access to quality education remains a challenge in Nigeria, where about 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are out of school, according to UNICEF. Even for those who are in school, learning is often hampered by a series of factors, including lack of funding, inadequate teaching equipment and remoteness of education centres. The SystemSpecs essay competition is aimed at synthesizing technology ideas that can facilitate better access to education.

Winners were presented with a variety of gifts that included tens of high-capacity laptops, headphones, free 3-month online coding courses, 480-gigabyte internet data for one year, branded travel suite cases, unique keepsake hoodies, thermal flasks, school bags, among many others.

The top honourees are 11-year-old Oluwaseun Samuel Temitayo-Ojo of Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos, winner in the junior category, and 15-year-old Ekemini Keziah Effiong-Robert of The African Church Model College, Agege, Lagos, winner in the senior category. Both emerged ahead of about 2,000 entrants from both private and public primary and secondary schools across the country.

To sustain their passion for innovation, the firm also presented consolatory prizes to others who made the top 15 Honour Roll in each category of the competition.

The African Church Model College and Igbobi College, both in Lagos, Nigeria, received 20 and 10 high-capacity laptops respectively for producing winning entries in the senior and junior categories.

“When they broke the news that I had won the competition to me, I could not contain my excitement. I am delighted that I won and believe it will birth even more significant achievements for me,” said Ekemini Keziah Effiong-Robert, the first-prize winner in the senior category.

For Oluwaseun Samuel Temitayo-Ojo who was the champion in the junior category, it was a dream come true. “I am happy I won. I have always looked forward to such a glorious time as this. I want to thank my teachers and my parents for their support,” he said.

Speaking on the feat of the champion from her school, Shade Oluyinka Erinle, principal of The African Church Model College, Ifako Agege, Lagos, expressed her excitement. “She has made us all proud,” she said, adding that the computers her school won would indeed add immense value to the school’s brand promise of delivering qualitative education.

“On this special day, we crowned the champions of this year’s SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition and the schools that produced them in recognition of the need to emphatically celebrate young talents that emerge from Nigeria who have the potential to transform our world.

“Not only have these young ones proffered solutions to some of Nigeria’s nagging challenges in the educational sector, but they also can champion the vision of a new and truly thriving country we all will be proud of,” said Oluwsegun Adesanya, Group Head, Corporate Services.

“With the ambience of the occasion and the tangible excitement of the winning participants, other students, teachers, principals, parents and other well-wishers, we are once again reinvigorated to continue to impart the lives of Nigerians, young and old, irrespective of their location,” he added.

The annual SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition is part of SystemSpecs’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment towards advancing capacity development in Nigeria, with a specific focus on creating opportunities for young people across Nigeria to share fresh, bright, and original ideas capable of transforming our country for good.

SystemSpecs is the owner of Remita, HumanManager, Paylink, and other iconic technology solutions in Africa.

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