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Nigerian Student Studying in Morocco Named in the Top 50 Shortlist for $100,000 Chegg.org Global Student Prize 2022

Stanley Anigbogu, a 22-year-old student from Onitsha, Anambra State, has been shortlisted for a $100,000 award.

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Stanley Anigbogu, a 22-year-old student from Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria, currently studying Multimedia Development on full scholarship at The National School of Applied Sciences, Kenitra, Morocco, has been included in the top 50 shortlist for the Chegg.org Global Student Prize 2022, an annual $100,000 award to be given to one exceptional student that has made a real impact on learning, the lives of their peers and on society beyond.

Stanley Anigbogu was selected from almost 7,000 nominations and applications from 150 countries.

The Varkey Foundation partnered with Chegg.org to launch the annual Global Student Prize last year, a sister award to its $1 million Global Teacher Prize. It was established to create a powerful new platform that shines a light on the efforts of extraordinary students everywhere who, together, are reshaping our world for the better. The prize is open to all students who are at least 16 years old and enrolled in an academic institution or training and skills program. Part-time students as well as students enrolled in online courses are also eligible for the prize.

Stanley Anigbogu is a Nigerian-born changemaker, STEM advocate, entrepreneur and creative technologist studying Multimedia Development on full scholarship at The National School of Applied Sciences, Kenitra, Morocco. During his time in Morocco, he was recognized by the Nigerian Student Association as the most innovative/creative student in 2021. He is the founder of ArtecHubs Nigeria, a leading STEM skill acquisition company for young minds in southeast Nigeria, is passionate about closing the gender gap in STEM and reducing inequity among children in rural areas, and is also an internationally recognised, award winning innovator and filmmaker.

Stanley has also initiated a number of other projects targeted at addressing educational issues that affect children in Nigeria’s rural and suburban neighborhoods such as The Dream Box Initiative, Stem4Her which has to date equipped up to 1500 rural girls with skills in STEM, and Sparknuit, a disruptive startup providing reliable, available, and cheap sources of electricity for people in hard-to-reach areas as well as solar-powered lamps so that children may study and see clearly at night. Stanley’s initiatives have received global recognition from international organizations such as the Diana Award, and he has also participated as a facilitator and speaker at events such as the Nigeria Edtech Summit, Berlin Science Week, RDC Science Week, and Morocco Science Week.

Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg, said: “Since its launch last year, the Global Student Prize has given incredible students all over the world a chance to share their stories, connect with each other, and reach influencers in education and beyond. Now, more than ever, students like Stanley deserve to have their stories told and have their voices heard. After all, we need to harness their dreams, their insights, and their creativity to tackle the daunting and urgent challenges facing our world.

“Our finalists this year have made a huge impact in areas from the environment to equality and justice, from health and wellbeing to education and skills, from youth empowerment to ending poverty. I can’t wait to see how this year’s inspiring cohort of changemakers use this platform to make their voices louder, and their work lift up even more lives”

Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation, said: “I extend my warmest congratulations to Stanley. His story is a testament to the crucial role that education plays in building a better tomorrow for us all. It is the key to solving humanity’s greatest challenges, from war and conflict to climate change to growing inequality. As time runs out to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, it is more important than ever to prioritize education so we can face the future with confidence.”

Applications and nominations for this year’s Global Student Prize opened on Thursday 27 January and closed on Sunday 1 May. Students are being assessed on their academic achievement, impact on their peers, how they make a difference in their community and beyond, how they overcome the odds to achieve, how they demonstrate creativity and innovation, and how they operate as global citizens.

Last year’s winner was Jeremiah Thoronka, a 21-year-old student from Sierra Leone, who launched a start-up called Optim Energy that transforms vibrations from vehicles and pedestrian footfall on roads into an electric current. With just two devices, the start-up provided free electricity to 150 households comprising around 1,500 citizens, as well as 15 schools where more than 9,000 students attend.

The top 10 finalists of the Global Student Prize are expected to be announced in August this year. The winner, who will be announced later in the year, will be chosen from the top 10 finalists by the Global Student Prize Academy, made up of prominent individuals.

If students were nominated, the person nominating them was asked to write a brief description online explaining why. The student being nominated was then sent an email inviting them to apply for the prize. Applicants were able to apply in English, Mandarin, Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. To join the conversation online follow @cheggdotorg.

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Nigerians Spent More Than N5 Trillion on Foreign Education

As Nigerians flocked to different countries abroad for tertiary education, more than N5 trillion has been expended on oversea education between 2019 and 2021

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As Nigerians flocked to different countries abroad for tertiary education, more than N5 trillion has been expended on oversea education between 2019 and 2021, according to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Education in Nigeria, especially in the tertiary education sector, has been marred by industrial actions by tertiary institution-based unions such as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (CEASU).

Academic activities in most of the government-owned public universities are currently grounded. The lack of agreement between university lecturers and the federal government has kept students out of class since February 2022.

Although a significant number of Nigerians also trooped overseas for greener pastures through the student visa, the dilapidated state of the education system in Nigeria is another factor which has aided the word “Japa”.

“Japa” is an informal word used to describe the movement of people out of Nigeria. 

Subsequently, data from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) shows that a sum of $11.6 billion (N5 trillion) has been expended on foreign education within the last three years.

The data further showed that a sum of $882 million was spent on education-related expenditures by Nigerians in the first half of 2022, a 34.3 percent increase when compared to the $657 million spent in the second half of last year.

Thus, Investors King understands that the amount spent on foreign education has further put pressure on the naira. The incessant and increasing demand for foreign exchange could have hurt the value of Nigerian currency.  

For instance, the number of Nigerian students in the United Kingdom has jumped 686 percent.  Nigerian students now constitute the third largest foreign student group in the UK after India and China. 

Despite the high exchange rate of strong foreign currencies against the naira, several Nigerians continue to find their way overseas. This shows the desperation of many Nigerians to the exodus of “Japa”. 

According to the UK Home Office, 65,929 Nigerians were granted a sponsored study visa in the year ending June 2022. This is a rise of 57,545 (686 percent) compared to 2019 when 8,384 were given.

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Federal Government Opens Portal For Student Bursaries; Approves N75,000 Per Semester

The Education Ministry announced that the Federal Government has opened a portal for students to register for bursaries.

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The Education Ministry announced that the Federal Government has opened a portal for students to register for bursaries. 

According to the minister, the announcement is in line with the presidential approval for the sum of N75,000 per semester for Nigerian students undergoing degree programmes in the faculty of education in public universities across the country.

Similarly, their counterparts undergoing the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) will get N50,000 per semester. 

It would be recalled that in 2021 during the World Teachers’ Day celebration in Abuja, Adamu Adamu said the bursary is part of the reform of the education sector. 

Investors King gathered that only students undergoing education courses in either public universities or public colleges of education will benefit from the bursary package. 

In addition, beneficiaries must also be a fa full-time students must be in their first year and above. 

The minister added that all physically challenged students who met the above descriptions are also eligible to apply. 

However, any applicant who is a beneficiary of any scholarship is not eligible to apply. 

Interested applicants are therefore encouraged to apply online at http://www.education.gov.ng/

Alternatively, they can visit the Federal Scholarship Board website at https://fsbn.com.ng/applicants/auth/register/35565 

Applicants are enjoined to only submit one application as multiple applications can lead to disqualification. 

After submitting online, applicants are to print a copy and attach a photocopy of their admission to it. They are also advised to attach a letter of admission and a current school ID card for easy processing. 

The application does not attract any processing or application fee.  The application deadline was however fixed to the 21st of October, 2022. 

The ministry also added that there is no way to sabotage or manipulate the system because all relevant information about potential applicants has been gathered from the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) and the National Commission of Colleges of Education (NCCE) and submitted to the Ministry of Education. 

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Cloud-Based Analytics Platform Class54 on A Mission to Drive Exam Success Rates For Students

Class54 has unveiled tools that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance high success rates for students preparing to write the Nigerian university entry examination and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

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Class54, a Nigerian startup that offers an all-in-one solution for students to prepare for exams efficiently, has unveiled tools that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance high success rates for students preparing to write the Nigerian university entry examination and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

With a mission to empower students by providing them with a quick revision guide, exam simulator, question engine, and cloud-based analytics platform, students can practice from the comfort of anywhere they are.

All they have to do is to download and install the Class54 mobile app which is available on both iOS and Android or the Windows desktop software to get started.

Class 54 has a rich plethora of well-explained past and curated questions by experts which help students prepare for and pass their examinations with excellent grades.

Students can also access the summary of recommended novels, practice questions by their preferred topics, or practice questions by how hard or easy they prefer them to be.

Instructions on each subject are presented with detailed explanations for every question, complete with clearly labeled diagrams. To boost adoption among target users across Nigeria, the applications have been optimized to work even with limited internet access.

To access the platform to begin practice, it costs a token of NGN1,000 for One-month access, NGN1,500 for 3-months of access, and NGN3,000 for 1-year access.

Speaking on the solution, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Oluwasegun I’ve said, “We have built an amazing technology based on artificial intelligence which helps students improve their grades in a record time as they prepare for major examinations in Nigeria.

“Our technology tracks their progress and recommends the next-best action to take to get the best grades in their examinations. This has enabled us to raise the average pass rate for candidates who used the class54 App in the 2022 JAMB examination to 73.54%, up from the 21% national average just in our first year alone.”

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