Lagos, Nigeria – For the second consecutive year, Union Bank, through its education platform Edu360, has partnered with foremost gaming company Kucheza, to organise another exciting edition of the Mobo Game Jam.
Also supported by UK-based Digital Schoolhouse, Mobo Game Jam is an annual game-making competition which sees young innovators between the ages of 8-18 from Nigeria and the UK going head-to-head to create games that solve pressing social issues. The goal of the challenge is to promote gaming as a tool to harness the power of creativity and imagination of young people, while bridging the digital skills gap within our educational system.
Last year’s edition tagged ‘Future on Tap’ received over 1,000 submissions of game prototypes that explored how to achieve a future where everyone has access to clean water. As a response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action, this year’s challenge, with the theme, Carbon Neutrality and Clean Air, will invite participants to imagine a world where we can have a reduced carbon footprint. Individuals and teams who meet the age requirement are invited to submit their entries – a game or game concept – in line with the set brief, combining creativity, compassion, and computational thinking to solve the global problem of carbon emissions.
Speaking on the Mobo Game Jam partnership, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, Chief Brand & Marketing Officer at Union Bank, said –
“We are proud to partner with Kucheza Gaming on the Mobo Game Jam competition for the second year running.
At Union Bank, we are convinced that strategic investments in education are critical if our nation is to take its place on the global stage. This is why our edu360 platform leverages partnerships like this to drive our objective of accelerating access to education, enhancing quality of instruction, and improving learning outcomes so Nigerian children are well prepared to compete and excel in a technology-enabled world.”
Interested participants are invited to submit their game prototypes in video format either physically or virtually. Deadline for submission is February 25, 2022.
Winners will be rewarded with cash prizes and laptops for individuals and computing labs for winning schools. There will also be a live showcase for the top entries.
Participants will also have access to free weekly masterclasses and tutoring sessions from industry experts to help improve their digital skills.
Interested participants can sign up on www.mobojam.org
Established in 2018, Edu360 from Union Bank is a platform designed to rapidly accelerate access, quality and learning outcomes for Nigerian children and youth.
The Edu360 initiative underscores Union Bank’s focus on supporting the Nigerian education sector. The goal of the platform is to facilitate critical engagement between key stakeholders in the education sector across government, civil society, private sector and educational institutions with the aim to drive much-needed reform within the Education sector and deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 – ‘Quality Education’ in Nigeria.
About Kucheza Gaming:
Kucheza Gaming is an Africa focused esports and games company for 6 to 18-year olds that focuses on leveraging “play” as a force for youth development and empowerment in Africa, – the youngest and fastest-growing continent.
We see gaming as the gateway to digital excellence. Aspirational for their children, parents around the continent prioritise education. Reflecting this, we develop products that bring together gamers, parents and the games industry to deliver vocational, educational and economic value in a fun way.