Mondesa Youth Opportunities Trust empowered

19 May 2020 | Education

FNB handed over a donation of N$250 000 to the Mondesa Youth Opportunities Trust (MYO) yesterday. The funds will be used to further MYO student’s education.

Neels Strijdom, MYO manager and students who will benefit from the donation, expressed their gratitude, saying the bank’s support enables MYO to continue providing an intensive after-school education programme in Mondesa, targeting grade 4 through grade 8 learners that show ability and promise.

MYO adheres to the stage 2 of Covid-19 lockdown guidelines for education centres by providing quality e-learning for students, as well as assignments that parents can come and fetch for students to do at home.

Strijdom said the organisation believes that by filling a critical education gap left by limitations within the conventional school system, it will better equip learners with the necessary tangible and intangible skills required to excel and reach higher education opportunities.

“While we focus largely on academics (English, Mathematics and Reading), we also strive to educate the ‘whole child’ by offering music, computer skills training and robust life skills courses to help our young learners navigate the difficulties of an impoverished community. Our aim is to develop a sound base of academic education, leadership skills and to teach our learners to be good citizens of the future.”

FNB’s manager for corporate social investment Revonia Kahivere reiterated the bank’s commitment towards enhancing education and financial literacy.

“The FirstRand Namibia Foundation spent at least a quarter of its budget on educational support in the areas of early childhood development, merit achievements, rural and farm schooling and sport development. We will continue to assist communities where we can.”

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