Uganda was well-represented at this year’s continental essay competition organized to promote appreciation of standards among university students.
The competition, which is organized by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in collaboration with other standards bureaus in Africa under their body -- the African Regional Standards Organization (ARSO), saw Uganda scoop the top two prizes.
Golda Desiree Abesiga from Makerere University Law School was announced as the overall winner and Steven Marvin Nsubuga from Kyambogo University (Department of Management and Entrepreneurship) came in the second position.
Abesiga bagged US$1000 (about Shs3.7 million), while the first runner-up, Nsubuga, took $800 (about Shs2.9m).
The annual essay competition was rolled out in 2013 and this was the 7th ARSO Continental Essay Competition.
Uganda was represented by five students, according to an official statement.
The UNBS acting Executive Director David Livingstone Ebiru says they are exploring collaborations with the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) and universities to mainstream standardization in education in order to create a quality culture for the future workforce and business leaders.
According to him, “standardization is not yet well appreciated both in the public and private sector yet it affects our everyday life in society.”
Dr. Cyrus Sebugenyi, who is in-charge of standards at NCHE, noted that familiarizing students with standards can help equip them with the skills to deliver quality services at their places of work.
During the event organized by UNBS to recognize the winners, the 8th, or 2020/21 ARSO Continental Essay Competition was announced under the theme: The Role of Standardization in Promoting Arts, Culture and Heritage – The Creative Economy in Africa. Officials say students have up to May 31 to submit their essays.