Local bank donates to Wanaheda school

• By Staff Reporter

STANDARD Bank always asks itself the question, “What can we do for Namibia, for our community?” The bank wants to continue to be known as the bank that cares about its community.

In its commitment to making a difference, Standard Bank handed over 30 filing cabinets, 47 chairs, 15 tables, four boardroom tables, three staff couches, 10 whiteboards, one television and 100 file folders to CJ Brandt High School in Wanaheda.

The school caters to vulnerable and underprivileged learners. Our secondary education is an integral part of our life; it is the foundation of which most of us are and can open many doors.

Standard Bank is no stranger to Corporate Social Investment (CSI).

Magreth Mengo, head of marketing and branding, said, “CSI is an important tool for socio-economic upliftment. Leading by example is the only way to inspire others to get involved in their community. Education is such a vital part of our development which is why we found it crucial to help CJ Brandt High School.

“It is quite a challenge for learners and staff when they do not have adequate facilities or the basic infrastructure at the school. We hope that through our donation, CJ Brandt High School will be better equipped for learners and teachers to have the right tools for success. Over the last few years, but particularly during the pandemic, Standard Bank has been committed to uplifting youth development.”

Mengo further stated that the bank has given bursaries and scholarships to underprivileged students.

“Since the inception, we have given bursaries and scholarships to underprivileged students, organised stationery drives and worked with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture for the FAWENA (Forum for African Women Educationalists in Namibia) programme, which assists children with hostel fees, toiletries, and stationery. In total, we have donated nearly N$7 million towards what we feel is our duty as a bank.

“Our programmes focus on education and important issues such as mental health and well-being. This is why Standard Bank supports the #BrighterDay campaign, which is geared towards the mental health of students and learners during the pandemic. These programmes help with the enrichment and development of the youth that might not get the chance otherwise,” she said.

Mercia Geises, chief executive of Standard Bank said, “The youth is our priority. It’s a cliche to say the children are our future, but they truly are. If we can give them the proper tools, imagine how far they can go and where they can take Namibia.

“Compassion is important to me. Compassion is the willingness to act. The willingness to act says I’m here to assist you. Yes, I feel the way you feel. Yes, I understand the way you feel, but I’m here to help, and that is what we set out to do at Standard Bank. This is only the beginning of what Standard Bank can do.”