Scotiabank Teaches Economics for Success in Local Secondary Schools

The course's top performers share a proud moment with Principal Pauline Benjamin.

The course’s top performers share a proud moment with Principal Pauline Benjamin.

60 Barbadian schoolchildren are now more financially educated and empowered, thanks to Scotiabank and the Junior Achievement (JA) program.

The Harrison College graduating class celebrate their achievement with Principal Winston Crichlow (standing fourth from right) and the program's facilitators (seated in the front row from left to right) JA Program Officer Maryam Pandor; JA Lead Teacher Ms. Kristle Springer; Scotiabank JA Mentor Keisha Payne and Scotiabank JA Mentor Keisha Straughn.

The Harrison College graduating class celebrate their achievement with Principal Winston Crichlow (standing fourth from right) and the program’s facilitators (seated in the front row from left to right) JA Program Officer Maryam Pandor; JA Lead Teacher Ms. Kristle Springer; Scotiabank JA Mentor Keisha Payne and Scotiabank JA Mentor Keisha Straughn.

Students from the Springer Memorial School, Harrison College and the Christ Church Foundation School recently became the first to graduate from Scotiabank’s JA Economics for Success Program. Through hands-on classroom activities, students in the program explored personal finance and their education and career options based on their skills, interests and values. The program also highlighted the economic benefits of staying in school. The program was conducted by Scotiabank employees who volunteered their time to go into the schools and run the financial education sessions.

The graduating class at Christ Church Foundation School show off their certificates along with (seated in the front row left to right) Principal Robert Cumberbatch; Deputy Principal Yvette Mayers; JA Lead Teacher, Danielle Doughlin; Volunteer Business Owner, Bradley Greaves; Guest Speaker, Mac Anderson, Scotiabank's AGM and Head of Corporate & Commercial Banking Centre; Scotiabank JA Mentor Donna Parris;  Scotiabank JA Mentor Lisa Harewood and JA Program Officer Maryam Pandor

The graduating class at Christ Church Foundation School show off their certificates along with (seated in the front row left to right) Principal Robert Cumberbatch; Deputy Principal Yvette Mayers; JA Lead Teacher, Danielle Doughlin; Volunteer Business Owner, Bradley Greaves; Guest Speaker, Mac Anderson, Scotiabank’s AGM and Head of Corporate & Commercial Banking Centre; Scotiabank JA Mentor Donna Parris; Scotiabank JA Mentor Lisa Harewood and JA Program Officer Maryam Pandor

The program is part of Scotiabank’s commitment as a regional partner of Junior Achievement which started in July 2012 when a three year memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the two entities. Under the MOU, Scotiabank, along with JA, will make financial literacy and life skills courses available to more than 14,000 students across the Caribbean and Central America. The courses will give students a basic understanding of the principles of finance and practical advice on budgeting, planning and money management. Scotiabank employees from across these 12 countries will volunteer their time to go into these schools and run more than 400 sessions.

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