GABORONE, BOTSWANA – Stanbic Bank Botswana has partnered with the Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) to once again sponsor the BEC Annual Excellence Awards. This is the 10th year of the Awards, and the 5th year in which the Bank has sponsored prizes for the top 10 achievers.
The sponsorship this year stood at over P160, 000, an increase from the prior year, and prizes were handed over at the awards ceremony on the 5th of July 2019 in Gaborone.
The Vice President of the Republic of Botswana, His Honour, Slumber Tsogwane, served as the guest of honour at the event. Representing Stanbic Bank Botswana was Chief Executive, Samuel Minta; Chief Financial Officer, Chose Modise; Head of Compliance, Shathani Molefe; and Communications Manager, Ruth Modisane.
The Awards are a National project that aims to encourage good performance during examinations, something Stanbic Bank continues to be passionate about and which is evident in all Stanbic Bank’s financial literacy efforts to date.
Said Minta, “As Stanbic Bank Botswana, we remain committed to working with Government and key stakeholders to help realise the Vision 2036 Pillar of “Human and Social Development” sub theme of “Education and Skills Development.” This means investing sustainably in platforms and avenues that facilitate greater access to quality education, as well as celebrating academic excellence and coming together to build a true and meaningful legacy for our youth.
Education forms the bedrock of a strong vocational future, preparing the next generation of employees and visionaries to continue building our National economy. When we invest in youth at this point in their lives, we compound their talent and potential to make a true impact in the youth employability space, indeed looking to reduce levels of youth unemployment further down the chain, a matter that is paramount to us all.”
This 2019 donation went towards purchasing 9 state of the art iPads and 1 MacBook Air to the top 10 students in the 2018 sitting of the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examinations, as well as trophies.
Concluded Minta, “We at Stanbic Bank have a strong focus upon driving academic inclusion and financial literacy, hence we are proud to see this aligned to our own strategy as a business when it comes to social impact, and indeed loving our community.
Our aim is to empower Botswana’s youth with the necessary motivation and infrastructure to help promote academic excellence and is part of the our Nationwide financial literacy drive. This is a long-term vision, ensuring we educate our youth and support that journey of productive, sustainable knowledge-creation further.”