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Microsoft tests students’ digital skills as six represent Nigeria in US for MOS championship

Microsoft tests students’ digital skills as six represent Nigeria in US for MOS championship

Determined to build students’ capacity in the use of Microsoft Offices such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Microsoft is putting together the 2023 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship for students (MOSWC) scheduled to hold in Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida in the USA.

The competition, which is designed to test students’ capabilities in the use of Microsoft, has six students from schools across Nigeria who will be representing the country in the competition.

The six students include Fenna Nwokeji, Victor Omoyajowo, Adesuwa Igbinedion, Daniel Uzugbo, Aderinsola Adeegbe and Bolurinwa Fabuyi.

They were selected to represent Nigeria after emerging as winners of the 2023 MOS Nigeria Competition conducted by ReadManna in Nigeria between October 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.

Speaking on the competition, Edna Agusto, founder of ReadManna Empowerment Initiative, said Nigeria has come 2nd and 3rd in the World Championship in the past 14 years and had finished in the top 10 places nearly every year.

Agusto said the Nigeria version of the championship is sponsored annually by Zenith Bank PLC, Agusto Consulting Limited and Airtel PLC and it challenges students to demonstrate their proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

According to Agusto, these Microsoft Office Specialist programmes are the most commonly used productivity tools by businesses worldwide and the official MOS certification programme assesses and demonstrates proficiency in these programmes.

She further said the winners of the 2023 Microsoft Office Specialist in Nigeria and their school’s ICT teachers will be representing Nigeria at the World Championship in the USA.

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Giving the details of the students, Agusto said Fenna Nwokeji is an Excel 2019 winner from Aduvie International School, Abuja who scored 1,000/1,000 at the competition; Victor Omoyajowo, a Word 2019 winner is from Faith Academy, Canaanland, Ota in Ogun State scored 976/1,000; Adesuwa Igbinedion, a PowerPoint 2019 winner is from Faith Academy, Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State scored 1,000/1,000.

Others are Daniel Uzugbo, an Excel 2016 winner from Faith Academy, Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State scored 980/1,000; Aderinsola Adeegbe, a Word 2016 winner, Faith Academy, Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State scored 1,000/1,000; Bolurinwa Fabuyi, a PowerPoint 2016 winner, from City of Knowledge Academy, IjebuOde, Ogun State scored 925/1,000.

On the benefits of being a Certified MOS user, Agusto said through the MOS certification, users will become proficient in the use of Microsoft Office programmes, thereby improving their chances of becoming gainfully employed in today’s digital world.

“It is globally recognised and gives certified users the opportunity to apply for jobs anywhere in the World. MOS certification also provides a solid foundation for advanced ICT training and certified users will be able to pursue training in advanced computer technologies,” she said.

She further said ReadManna Empowerment Initiative, as a not-for-profit organisation drives current, practical and relevant digital literacy skills aligned to global standards among students, youths and teachers in Nigeria through competitions and conferences.

The MOSWC competition scheduled for July 30 to August 2, 2023, is an annual event contested by students from over 150 countries.