BSP Fiji Country Head, Mr Haroon Ali, reinforced BSP's commitment to Community & Vanua, especially during these tough times. "As resilient Fijians embrace
the new "new normal" environment, at BSP, we will continue to focus
our support for education as a way to break the cycle of poverty and safeguard
our nation's future growth," he said. "Quality education for today's
needy children will equip them to overcome their social and economic
disadvantages to prepare them for an economically useful adult life. In fact, they will have a higher likelihood of ending the cycle of poverty in their
households and communities."
contains a school bag, exercise books, folders, stationery, calculators and
mathematical sets (where needed) as per FENC Fiji's sponsorship criteria.
to FENC Fiji, over 18% of Fiji's children aged 5 - 14 years do not attend
school. More than 51% of those completing primary school do not have the
opportunity to attend secondary school.
National Coordinator, Miss Priya Lata confirmed that BSP's donation has
assisted children in schools within the West, North and Central/Eastern
divisions and she thanked Fiji's leading Bank for being one of their longest
serving Partners. "Since 2010, BSP has been a key contributor
enabling us to continue serving Fiji's poorest of poor children and this year,
we also included COVID-19 and Cyclone impacted students. Our thorough screening
process, ongoing monitoring and evaluation, together with Community Support,
has empowered thousands of students over the years to walk out of poverty and
save their loved ones in the process."
acknowledged the lead role taken by the Government of Fiji to provide access to
quality education for all students in Fiji and went on to call for more private
sector support for this matter of national importance. "As a socially
responsible Bank, we are honoured to offer our services that go beyond banking
and into remote locations that is also home to Fiji's social or economically
marginalized," Mr Ali added.
years, BSP has also funded the installation of solar power and water tanks in
schools including assistance in the renovation and construction of several
school infrastructure as part of its long standing Branch Community Project
been donating to FENC Fiji since 2010 as part of its' Annual Corporate Social
Responsibility Program with over 2600 students assisted to date.