West­pac Women’s Ed­u­ca­tion Grant 2017 Launched on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day – March 8th 2017

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Ad­dress by Brett Hooker, Gen­eral Man­ager West­pac Fiji To­day marks a very spe­cial day, In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day and I would like to wish ev­ery­one a very “Happy In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day”. As the Bank of Choice for Women, one of the key sus­tain­abil­ity strate­gies for West­pac is to em­power through ed­u­ca­tion. Since 2012, we have been run­ning the West­pac Women’s Ed­u­ca­tion Grants, en­cour­ag­ing women and girls to take a pos­i­tive step to­wards ful­fill­ing their ed­u­ca­tional po­ten­tial. The grants of­fer fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and for girls, it helps with the cost of school­ing and for women it helps them to re­turn to, or con­tinue, ter­tiary study. Here are tes­ti­mo­ni­als from each of the cat­e­gory win­ners: Miss Dr­ishika Ku­mar – one of the win­ners in the Pri­mary School cat­e­gory had this to say about her win “I am re­ally re­ally happy about win­ning this grant. It is un­be­liev­able and I never ex­pected it. I am go­ing to use this fund solely for my ed­u­ca­tion to cater for my sta­tionery and other ed­u­ca­tional re­quire­ments. But first of all I will ask my dad to open my ac­count with West­pac so that I can start my sav­ings from now with West­pac. Miss Jessie Fong - one of the win­ners in the Sec­ondary School cat­e­gory - said this about her win “I am so ex­cited and over­whelmed and when I was in­formed of this win, I had tears flow­ing from my eyes. I want to thank West­pac for or­gan­is­ing such grants that em­power girls and women in this gen­er­a­tion”. What beau­ti­ful words! Miss Pranita Devi, one of the win­ners in the Adult cat­e­gory said “I am re­ally happy, es­pe­cially for some­one who was find­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in fi­nanc­ing my stud­ies for next se­mes­ter. Thank you so much West­pac.” This year again, there are a to­tal of nine ed­u­ca­tion grants avail­able in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: - 3 x $ $400 grants for pri­mary school - 3 x $1,000 grants for high school or sec­ondary col­lege stu­dents - 3 x $2,150 grants for ter­tiary stu­dents or work­ers who would like to re­turn to study. We have linked our WWEG es­say ques­tion to this year’s In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day theme “Be Bold for Change” which asks ev­ery­one to take ground break­ing ac­tion that drives the great­est change for women. To ap­ply for the 2017 West­pac Women and Girls Ed­u­ca­tion Grants, ap­pli­cants need to an­swer the es­say ques­tion – “Tell us about a bold fe­male who has im­proved the lives of women in our coun­try”. Pri­mary School stu­dents - re­sponse should be 200 words or less. High School/ Sec­ondary Col­lege - re­sponse should be 400 words or less. Ter­tiary Stu­dents/ Adult Worker – re­sponse should 600 words or less. Ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2017 grants open to­day and closes at 5pm on Mon­day 8th May, 2017 with win­ners an­nounced in the me­dia on Fri­day 2nd June 2017. Grant ap­pli­ca­tion forms and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion are avail­able from West­pac’s web­site www.west­pac.com.fj and from all West­pac branches. West­pac recog­nises the crit­i­cal link be­tween learn­ing and the broader em­pow­er­ment of women. We know that fe­males who re­main in ed­u­ca­tion for longer have far bet­ter out­comes across many as­pects of life; as do their chil­dren. When a girl or woman is ed­u­cated it also has a pos­i­tive af­fect right across her com­mu­nity – and, of course, en­tire coun­tries ben­e­fit both so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally when fe­male pop­u­la­tions are given ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. The Ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor has suf­fered greatly dur­ing Cy­clone Win­ston and on be­half of the West­pac fam­ily “I strongly en­cour­age all women and girls from around the coun­try– to ap­ply for this fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and to keep up their stud­ies, it’s a big step to­wards achiev­ing your per­sonal and pro­fes­sional goals.”

West­pac staff launch­ing West­pac Women’s Ed­u­ca­tion Grants for 2017

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