Ecobank Zambia celebrated 2017 Ecobank Day on two separate days for the two regions in which the Bank is present, Lusaka and the Copperbelt provinces.
On 14th December 2017, Ecobank awarded scholarships to pay all the tuition and exam fees (secondary education to university) for three vulnerable, but high achieving girls in Lusaka. This was in order to address the challenges of inequalities in education faced by girls.
During the presentation of scholarship certificates in Lusaka, the Managing Director, Mr. Kola Adeleke, reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment in supporting the efforts of the Government of Zambia in addressing issues that affect the community especially in the Health and Education sectors.
“As part of the Ecobank Group, we are especially sensitive to the challenges of access to quality education within the communities in which we operate. Our corporate social responsibility program is dedicated to supporting community welfare and development, whilst also addressing financial inclusion across Africa,” he said.
The colorful event was officiated by the Minister of Higher Education, Hon. Professor Nkandu Luo. The Minister thanked Ecobank for this noble gesture.
“I would like to thank Ecobank for coming on board to support girl education in Zambia. Lack of school fees are among the prominent reasons as to why a girl child is denied the right to education. Kindly extend my thanks to Ecobank Group Office for this contribution,” she said.
In attendance were the United Nations Population Fund Country Representative, Dr. Mary Otieno, Director of Standards and Curriculum at the Ministry of General Education, The University of Zambia representative, Head Teachers and pupils of New Mtendere Secondary School and Kamulanga Secondary School, and the parents of the girls who received scholarships.
Below, the girls pose for a photo after the handover ceremony with the Minister of Higher Education (Centre), UNFPA Country Representative (R2) and Ecobank Zambia Managing Director (L2)