Nedbank is carrying on with its ongoing commitment to tackle the challenges of education and poverty in South Africa and making an investment of R2.5 million towards its 2013 Back to School Campaign.
Nedbank is highly involved in local communities and this recent investment will help and assist 2000 disadvantaged learners across the nation. Students will begin the new school year comfortably with brand new uniforms, shoes, stationery, books and bags.
The Back to School campaign was launched in 2011. Since its inception, Nedbank has invested over R4 million to the campaign and all funds have been used to purchase uniforms and stationery. Up to now, in excess of 4000 primary and high school learners have benefitted from the campaign.
As part of Nedbanks Fundisa programme, the Back to School campaign follows a two-pillar education intervention model. The first pillar, starts from early childhood development all the way through to tertiary education, with a focus on an individuals education across the students life stages, .
The second pillar is focused on holistic support for schools who gain benefit from the Fundisa programme producing a more effective and efficient overall school system. The programme focuses primarily on school infrastructure, teacher training, building leadership capacity and providing classroom-based support leading to a higher quality and more effective schools. Research studies have confirmed that to be able to have effective schools we have to ensure that schools are built with a foundation of strong leadership, quality teaching, resourced learners, adequate infrastructure, community involvement, and proper academic support.
“Education is one of our corporate social responsibility’s (CSR) focus areas and we are determined to enable as many learners as we can to focus on their studies rather than on school resources. The Back to School campaign ensures that even those learners from disadvantaged backgrounds have an equal chance of being the best students they can be,” said Mrs. Kone Gugushe Divisional Executive for Corporate Social Responsibility at Nedbank.
Nedbank is calling out and encouraging all individuals and organisations in South Africa to help with their campaign by donating uniforms, shoes, bags and stationery. These can be dropped off at any Nedbank branch. Monetary donations can also be made with a minimum of R100 to the following savings account 2001120915 using “Back to School” as reference. Aside from that, individuals can SMS ‘school’ to 40017 to donate R20.
The objective is to raise R500,000 worth of donated items for this campaign, which will reach a further 500 learners. The campaign will end on 31 January 2012.