8 very busy HSBC staff volunteered some of their time to assist 80 Grade 5 and 6 learners from Sandtonview Combined School. The learners are participating in a Junior Achievement Programme sponsored by HSBC known as the JA More than Money (MTM) Programme. The JA MTM programme is a six to eight week programme that teaches primary school learners fundamental financial literacy specifically focusing on budgeting, saving and banking. The HSBC staff volunteered during week 4 of the programme which involved facilitating the learners playing a board game, designed by HSBC to teach the learners about the benefits of saving and investing money. This is the 3rd year that Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) and HSBC have run the JA MTM programme at the school and each year the number of learners attending the programme increases dramtically.
Fadeela Laher, Programme Co-Ordinator for Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) noted that the learners always benefit from visits from volunteers as it allows them to interact with people they wouldn’t usually interact with. The learners all enjoyed the visit and learnt a lot from the volunteers, who were up for the challenge and fielded a wide variety of questions from their groups of learners.