In recognition of the pivotal role that children are expected to play in boosting the nation’s economy, Heritage Bank has said that by the end of May, it would have imparted financial education on over 700 schools across the country.
The bank has declared May as Children Banking Month, said that this is part of its children financial literacy initiative to commemorate the youngsters on May 27.
Since commencement of the programme in 2015, which the lender considers as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), came up with the theme for 2016: “Taking The Early Lead,” the Heritage Children Banking Month, which activities will directly impact a minimum of 320 primary and secondary schools nationwide this year, is in recognition of the pivotal role children play as the leaders of tomorrow.
The Managing Director / Chief Executive Director, Mr. IfieSekibo, who made the declaration today, said “We are dedicating this month to our young customers with the aim of encouraging them through their parents to imbibe the culture of savings.”
Sekibo stated that “aligned with the dedication is our financial literacy campaign, geared towards equipping our future leaders with the requisite knowledge to make them better leaders in keeping with the bank’s vision of creating, preserving and transferring wealth across generations”
Each experience centre, a nomenclature of the bank for its branches, is expected to select two primary or secondary schools within its area of operation and interface with them in two ways: play host to the schools, taking them through banking operations and allowing them perform some easy roles during the excursion and at a later date, staff of the branch will then visit the schools and address or coach the pupils on aspects of financial literacy.
He stated: “The project is part of Heritage Bank’s contribution towards transforming the nation in paying more attention to the bud stage. This underscores our belief that if we get it right with the children, then the future of the nation is guaranteed. At Heritage Bank we believe in creating, preserving and transferring wealth.”
Hundreds of exercise books, pencils, water bottles, umbrellas will be won by both pupils, parents and wards in the course of the month through various engaging activities. The high points of the commemoration will be the launching of a first-of-its-kind financial literacy comic book for easy and better understanding of financial education and the hosting of a huge children’s day party for all its Bud account holders.