A student of Day Waterman College, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Miss Olubunmi Agusto, has emerged second in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship held in Disneyland, California, USA.
According to a statement by Readmanna Ventures Limited, Miss Agusto emerged second in Microsoft Word 2007 and has become the first African to emerge among the top three since the first edition of the competition 13 years ago. Agusto and Master Adonijah Airede of Regent School, Abuja, represented Nigeria at the global competition. They were selected after a national competition held in July 2014.
The annual award ceremony to recognise winners of the national Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Champioship for students will be held today January 23, 2015, at the School Hall, Queens College, Yaba, Lagos under the dintinguished chairmanship of Mr. Fola Adeola, Chairman, Main One Cable Company.
The annual Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship for students in Nigeria is organised by ReadManna Ventures Limited.
The competition challenges students to demonstrate their proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
This competition is open to all students aged between 13 and 22 years, provided they show proof of enrolment at an academic institution. National Winners are eligible to participate in the World Championship.
The objective of the competition is to encourage schools to include the acquisition of commonly used desktop productivity tools aligned to global standards, in their curriculum which would provide the students with the computing expertise they need now and after they graduate.
The 2014 National MOS competition on Word, Excel and PowerPoint (versions 2007 and 2010) was held over a period of 7 months between November 1, 2013 and May 16, 2014. It ended with 208 entries from 15 Secondary Schools from Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Kwara States and the FCT. 76 students were shortlisted for the final live competition which took place in Abuja and Lagos on May 20 and 23, 2014 respectively and the top 3 winners emerged in six categories at the end of the retake sessions.
The 2015 championship shall be declared open during the award ceremony in Lagos and it will covers versions 2010 and 2013 of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint. Detailed syllabus of the championship can be found on Readmanna website www.readmanna.net.
Schools are required to conduct the exams before May 28, 2015 and submit their scores to Readmanna. The students with the highest scores and lowest exam taking times at the end of the competition would be invited for the retake exams to be held in Abuja and Lagos in June 2015.
The top three scorers of all six exams would get a Microsoft XBOX One with games and the national winners would be invited to represent Nigeria at the 2015 World Championship to be held in Dallas, Texas, United States of America in August 2015.
Readmanna has also introduced a new competition to improve computing skills of students, it is called ReadManna Computing Fundamentals Competition to cater for students aged 8 to13 years old.