‘Pri­vate sec­tor vi­tal in de­vel­op­ing ed­u­ca­tion’

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

THE devel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion should not be left to Gov­ern­ment alone but the pri­vate sec­tor too must come on board and sup­ple­ment its ef­forts, Ac­cess Bank chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Joana Ban­ner­man has said.

Ms Ban­ner­man said ed­u­ca­tion was the most im­por­tant as­pect in ev­ery­one’s life and that was the rea­son as a bank they felt com­pelled to con­trib­ute to the sec­tor.

She was speak­ing when the bank do­nated as­sorted study books for grades 4, 6 and 7 at Pal­a­bana Pri­mary School in Chongwe.

Ms Ban­ner­man ex­pressed hap­pi­ness that the bank con­trib­uted funds through its ‘Em­ployee Vol­un­teer Pro­gramme’ (EVP) af­ter iden­ti­fy­ing a needy school.

She said that the ges­ture would help solve some of the chal­lenges the school ex­pe­ri­enced like short­age of study books.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is the most im­por­tant as­pects of our lives and as a bank we felt

we could con­trib­ute to the sec­tor. We de­cided to raise funds through EVP and our fo­cus was find a needy school, the staff at the bank iden­ti­fied Pal­a­bana which lacked study books hence the do­na­tion,

“We want to be part­ners with the school and help re­solve some is­sues that are mak­ing learn­ing and teach­ing dif­fi­cult. The books were do­nated to 3 classes. We have to come back and donate to the rest of the classes,” she said.

And Pal­a­bana Pri­mary School head teacher Casper Kamoko thanked the bank for its ges­ture and said that the books would im­prove the read­ing cul­ture of the pupils. He said the read­ing lev­els at the school were not very im­pres­sive be­cause pupils did not have enough read­ing ma­te­ri­als to pro­mote ef­fi­ciency.

“We are in need of a lot of things at the schools among them desks, be­cause the school has high en­rol­ment lev­els; we have more than 1, 500 pupils in need of desks. We are ap­peal­ing to the bank to adopt us if pos­si­ble, said Mr Kamoko.

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