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Atiku Abubakar #EducationSolutions Essay Competition announcement schedule released

The judges of the Atiku Abubakar #EducationSolutions essay competition are pleased to announce the completion of the first round of judging, as well as the schedule for the announcement of the results.

A 10-person long-list will be announced on Monday October 21, 2013

The winner, and runner-up will be announced on Monday October 28, 2013.

Excerpts from the long-listed essays will appear on the Scholarship Blog – – from Monday Oct 21, 2013

Commenting on the competition, and the judging process, the chair of the panel of Judges, Dr. Hauwa Imam, Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Gender Security & Youth Advancement at the University of Abuja, said:

“The entries for the essay competition came from Nigerian youths in universities spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country, as well as from students in foreign universities. The judges are a team of outstanding and highly credible university dons with specialisation in Education and English Language. A pre-assessment meeting/workshop was held on the technicalities of selecting the winning essay before the judges commenced work.

“Absolute confidentiality is being maintained in the entire selection process – the judges have no clue who the candidates are because the scripts were assigned numbers only. The essays have been screened based on the subject matter of the competition, language of expression, organisation and mechanical accuracy. 

“The teeming candidates who participated in this competition have the assurance of Alhaji Abubakar’s sincere support for educational development, and empathy for the youths of Nigeria. His penchant for quality education and education for all is not in doubt as attested to by the world-class university he has set up in his home state Adamawa, and the many youths on his scholarship schemes. Education cannot be left in the hands of government alone and Nigerians need people with a high sense of social responsibility. This scholarship scheme is indeed worthy of emulation.”

The essay competition was launched in August 2013 to provide an opportunity to undergraduate and postgraduate Nigerian students to contribute innovative ideas and solutions towards solving any of Nigeria’s many educational challenges.

Entrants were asked to write an essay of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on the topic More Learning to More People: How can Nigeria be more innovative in bridging its literacy and skills gap? 

Submission of entries closed on August 31, 2013, with more than six hundred entries making it into the judging round.

“I’m delighted to see the enthusiasm with which young Nigerians have responded to the essay competition,” says Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, sponsor of the contest. “For me it demonstrates how passionate Nigeria’s young people are about contributing solutions to their most pressing problems.”

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