Education has its greatest testimony as being a means of developing human intelligence and skills needed to produce wealth and sustain a suitable and democratic society.
Self-efficacy beliefs have been identified as associated with students’ academic performance and their ability to communicate in written or oral forms, as there is a vital relationship between self-efficacy in reading and in writing and undergraduate students’ performance in essay writing.
This is as offered by education, which has been proven as the highway towards the attainment of individual goals, economic security and in general to build the pride and integrity of a state or nation.
Furthermore, if one would look into the educational sector of this nation, you would agree with me that our standard of education has decayed up to the extent that our graduates from universities and polytechnics are nothing to write about, as the educational sector in the century has been encountering so many obstacles.
Reports of several researchers assessed the relationship between two new self-efficacy scales (self-efficacy in reading [SER] and self-efficacy in writing [SEW]) and students’ writing performance on a piece of assessed written coursework. Using data from first and second year undergraduate psychology students at a UK university, the results showed that both SER and SEW were related to actual writing performance.
Overall, the results support the importance of the concept of self-efficacy in relation to student performance. Self-efficacy refers to an individual’s belief in his or her capacity to execute behaviors necessary to produce specific performance attainments (Bandura, 1977, 1986, 1997). Self-efficacy reflects confidence in the ability to exert control over one’s own motivation, behavior, and social environment.
The need to imbibe this confidence in Akwa Ibom youths may have inspired revered Master of Ceremony and the Special Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Public Relations, Mr Raphael Edem, who is set to empower students of Akwa Ibom origin with prizes worth millions in the ongoing Good Governance Essay Competition.
Announced some days ago as his unique way of celebrating the birthday of his boss, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel who turned 54 on July 11, the initiative by the Protocol professional and Public Speaking coach is offering in form of star and consolation prizes juicy reward for students who can deliver mind blowing essays on the topic UDOM EMMANUEL: BUILDING THE AKWA IBOM OF MY DREAMS.
The good governance essay writing competition is empowering a crop of next generation leaders who read and write well. Mr Edem’s initiative is commendable at a time like this when the world seems to have neglected the celebration and encouragement of academic excellence, but shifts focus to talent and entertainment competitions, which is not bad though. However, but not to the detriment of investing in the education of the youths to build capacity.
The Raph Edem sponsored Good Governance Essay Competition on the topic seeks to reward academic excellence and imbibe a patriotic mindset amongst Akwa Ibom students in tertiary institutions through an essay written in not more than 300 words on the subject matter and submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Students who send in their entries for the essay competition stand a chance to win the Star Prize of a laptop and N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) cash for the 1st and other consolation prizes; N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) and N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) for 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
Deadline for submission is July 20, 2020.
Kudos to the organiser and congratulations in advance to the winners.