Deutsche Bank SA volunteers helping to unlock learners’ potential

Deutsche Bank SA volunteers helping to unlock learners’ potential

March 2017 | Mellvile
Friday March 3, 2017 saw Deutsche Bankers return to school for a morning to give back to the Sparrow Foundation School that provides remedial and special needs education. The volunteers participated in a range of fun education activities from science laboratories and chess games through to creating 3D art pieces.

“It was humbling to see how cheerful and positive the kids were despite the challenges that they have to face on a day to day basis” commented Jo McClure from the Financing and Solutions Group, who went on to say: “As for the teachers, they were a shining example to me of the ‘Ubuntu’ in South Africa that is so often overlooked in favour of negative press. A very rewarding day and time well spent.”

In 2015, as part of the early childhood learning component of Deutsche’s Born to Be programme, Sparrow’s FET College launched delivery of a complete Early Childhood Education training solution, which includes, not only an accredited qualification, also on the job training. It equips successful students and gives them the opportunity to access employment while also providing a vital service for their local communities. Through the programme 124 teachers and almost 1,000 children have benefitted to date. Supporting early childhood development is one of the two main pillars of Deutsche Bank in SA’s Born to Be programme. Research shows that early intervention can provide greater returns than remedial action when children are older.
   

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