The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, says her country has facilitated 28 million dollars scholarships for Nigerian students to study in U.S institutions in the last one year.
Leonard said this on Thursday at the commemoration of the Student Visa Day organised by the U.S Mission in Abuja.
She said that the scholarship process was facilitated by the Education U.S.A programme of the embassy which was keen on enabling Nigerian students to pursue their academics and a future in the U.S.
“We are proud to prioritize Nigeria’s scholars in our consular process, as we recognise the value their success holds for the country’s future. With over 13,700 students fulfilling their American education dreams, the United States welcomes more Nigerian students enrolled than ever before. Americans view university study as an investment in a professional future.
“And I’m pleased that our Education USA team has helped Nigerian students apply for and receive more than 28 million dollars in scholarships and other educational funding to pursue their future. We know from us over 8,000 education and exchange programme alumni in Nigeria, the tremendous community impact that results when these ambitious students return to apply their knowledge and skills.
“Here at the U.S. Embassy, we are proud of the diversity in American educational institutions. There are more than 8,000 Students and Exchange Visitor Programme-certified educational institutions in the United States,” Leonard said.
The envoy also noted that beyond studying in the U.S, the programme provides the opportunity for Nigerian students to meet with U.S citizens and other nationals which will help in strengthening bilateral ties.
She said that with more than one million students from 220 countries and territories, the United States hosts more international students than any other country in the world.
She revealed that Nigeria sent more students to the United States than any other country in Africa.
“Students at our universities exchange ideas not only with American students but with students from across the globe. The educational enrichment that these types of discussions provide is priceless.
“As students, you will hear ideas and personal stories from your classmates and professors that will challenge your views. And also expand your understanding of the world; your ideas and stories will do the same for those around you.,” she said.
According to her, by studying together in the same schools, Nigerians, Americans, and students from all other nationalities will not only understand each other better but also see how many common challenges we all face.
“Students can work together to creatively solve problems and build long-term professional collaborations, increasing our countries’ economic ties”, Leonard added.
She, therefore, congratulated the beneficiaries, who were present as she urged them to stay focused on their studies in other to make a meaningful impact in the country when they return.
Ms Malate Atajiri, an Education USA Adviser said the opportunities fund programme seeks to identify and support high achieving low-income students who otherwise will not have been able to navigate or finance the process.
Atajiri said that the programme helps to support aspiring students towards securing full scholarships from top colleges in the U.S.
“The programme finances the process right from the testing stage, their application fees and even paying for their flight tickets after they have secured the funding. This year, the opportunity funds programme in Abuja supported 50 students to secure 4 million dollars in scholarships at some of the most competitive colleges and institutions in North America.
“Since the programme started, we have placed over 320 students with full funding in the U.S the programme also has a strong ethos of giving back. Although we have many students who have done and continue to do great things, Education USA is committed to helping young Nigerians who are interested in studying in the U.S.
“We help students to navigate that process and help them realize their dreams of a U.S education,” Atajiri said.
Atajiri added that the Education USA had six centers in Nigeria; Abuja, Lagos, Jos, Calabar and Ibadan where aspiring students could visit to learn more and get more information on the programmes and processes. (NAN)
Atlantic Hall Alumni Holds Association First Induction and Hand Over Ceremony
The Atlantic Hall Alumni association held its first-ever induction and handover ceremony on the 6th of November 2021. The Saturday night event was hosted in the Seattle Residences and Spa Victoria Island with plenty of champagne and hors d’oeuvres for all who attended at the Seattle Residences and Spa Victoria Island.
The evening started with the farewell speech of the outgoing president and first-ever head boy of Atlantic Hall Ayomide Smith. He gave accounts of his stewardship, reeling out various projects executed with the support of his excos. This was followed by a speech from Elizabeth Okogun who spoke about the journey of the Alumni association from its inception to the present day.
Part of the highlights of the evening’s activities was the presentation of awards to outstanding Alumni members and members of the outgoing excos in recognition of their dedication towards the growth of the Atlantic Hall Alumni association. Shortly afterwards, the President of the Atlantic Hall Alumni Association Terfa Tilley- Gyado gave his speech where he charged members of the Atlantic Hall alumni to invest in their relationships, both professional and personal which he hopes will turn the association into a place where members can share ideas, discuss opportunities, and create a network to manifest their full potentials.
The Oath taking and induction of new exco members and appointees was conducted by Barrister Isioma Idigbe-Agba. The new inductees took an oath to serve the association and to uphold the charter of the Atlantic Hall Alumni Association and the values of Atlantic Hall through excellence and integrity.
The induction and handover ceremony created a wonderful environment for all the alumni and an opportunity to engage in quality networking in a convivial atmosphere where old school shared fond memories of their days in Atlantic Hall.
The Atlantic Hall Alumni is a constellation of stars wonderfully spread across Nigeria and the world. It is a community of like-minded individuals ready to contribute their quota to the development of Nigeria.
How to Check Your 2021 WAEC Result
Here is a step-by-step process on how candidates that sat for the just concluded West African Senior School Certificate Examination can check their results either via text message or online.
Mr. Patrick Areghan, the Head of National Office, West African Examination Council (WAEC), who announced the results in Abuja on Monday said candidates that who are not owing the council can now check their results, while those candidates indebted will not have their results uploaded.
His said: “The results are being uploaded on the results website. Candidates who sat the examination and who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Council can access their performance on the Council’s results website: www.waecdirect.org. Needless to restate fact that the results of indebted candidates/Schools/States will not be released until they pay up.
“The Result Checker PIN and Serial Number required by candidates to check their results online are contained on the Candidate’s Smart Identity Card used during the conduct of the examination. Certificates of candidates whose results have been fully processed and released will be ready within the next 90 days, counting from today.” He said.
HOW TO CHECK 2021 WAEC RESULTS THROUGH TEXT MESSAGE
Candidates can now check their results through their smartphones, according to the examination body.
Candidates that sat for the examination are to send an SMS as shown below:
To short-code 32327 (MTN, Celtel & Glo subscribers)
For example: WAEC*4250101001*123456789012*2021
Candidates are advised to follow the stated format.
The result will be delivered to their mobile phone at N30 cost.
2021 WAEC Results: How To Check Your WAEC Result Online
1. Enter your 10-digit WAEC Examination Number.
(This is your 7-Digit centre number followed by your 3-digit candidate number eg. 4123456789)
2. Enter the 4 digits of your Examination Year eg. 2021
3. Select the Type of Examination
4. Enter the e-PIN Voucher Number
5. Enter the Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your e-PIN
6. Click “Submit” and wait for the results window to come up
WAEC Releases 2021 Results; Withholds 170,146 Results
West African Examination Council (WAEC) on Monday announced it has released the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination results, of which 81 percent of the students that sat for the exam obtained at least five credit passes including English language and Mathematics.
Mr. Patrick Areghan, the Head of National Office, WAEC disclosed on Monday.
Breaking down the numbers, Mr. Areghan said a total of 1,573,849 candidates registered for the examination from 19,425 recognised secondary schools in the country. Out of which 1,560,261 candidates sat for the examination.
He said: “The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of the One Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty One (1,560,261) candidates that sat the examination,
“One Million, Three Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy (1,398,370) candidates, representing 89.62%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics;
“One Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Four (1,274,784) candidates, representing 81.7%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
“Of this number, Six Hundred and Thirty Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty-Eight (630,138) i.e. 49.43% were male candidates, while Six Hundred and Forty-Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-Six (644,646) i.e. 50.57% were female candidates.
“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 65.24%. Thus, there is an appreciable 16.46% improvement in performance in this regard.
“The results of One Hundred and Seventy Thousand, One Hundred and Forty-Six (170,146) candidates, representing 10.9% of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.
“Of great worry here is the activities of rogue-website operators and some other social media platforms, who post-examination questions online immediately after the commencement of the paper being administered.
“The increasing use of cell phones in the examination hall, in spite of the existing ban, and organized cheating in some schools, are other big concerns. All the cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools.” He said.
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