Citi South Africa Volunteers Enrich Students' Lives Through Financial Literacy
By Magashini Pillay, Citi Public Affairs Officer - South Africa
September 24, 2014 04:52 PM
Through the month of August, 12 Citi volunteers spent time in a classroom teaching young, eager pupils from Sandton View High School in Alexander (a township in Johannesburg) how to make wise financial decisions for their future.
Supported by the Citi Foundation, Banking on Our Future (BOOF) is a project run by Operation HOPE SA. The programme is a six part award-winning financial literacy curriculum designed to help people, especially youth, to take control of their financial destinies. The modules are designed to encourage youth to develop behaviours that will help them to protect their financial resources and build wealth through budgeting and entrepreneurial activities. In addition to the financial literacy aspect of the project, the importance of dignity and respect for oneself is another concept that is stressed strongly throughout the curriculum. The hope is that the students learn more than just how to save. Ultimately, we want them to walk away well-rounded, responsible adults who can positively contribute to their community.
Owing to its success and appeals from the students and volunteers, Operation Hope SA officials are looking at lengthening the programme to give students and volunteers additional time to engage and further explore the areas taught.
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