Several staff members from HSBC attended a session of Junior Achievement South Africa’s Environmental Entrepreneurs programme at MC Weiler Primary School in Eastbank, Johannesburg.
Funded by HSBC Global, the Environmental Entrepreneurs programme has been developed for implementation in schools for learners in Grades 6 and 7 – ages 10 – 12 years. The programme was initially piloted in Latin America and has been redesigned to suit the environmental needs of South Africa. The launch in Africa has been made possible by a further generous grant from HSBC Global of £1,200 000 – £600 000 for South Africa and £300 000 each for Nigeria and . Isabel Correia, Head of Marketing and Company Secretary for HSBC South Africa noted “If we are successful in promoting environmental awareness and care amongst the young people who are our future leaders, we have a far greater chance of mitigating challenges to the environment and achieving higher levels of environmental sustainability.”
The learners learnt about the three “R”’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and were divided into teams, that had to develop, plan and launch their own sustainable recycling businesses. The HSBC volunteers assisted these teams in putting together their team mascots, using recycled material.
Fadeela Laher, Programme Co-Ordinator for Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA), noted that the learners had been eager to meet with the HSBC volunteers and that she believed that the learners had benefitted immensely from both the programme and the HSBC visit.