UBA Foundation marks International Day of African Child with special reading, mentoring sessions

UBA Foundation, International Day of African Child

UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, on Monday, joined the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day of the African Child.

Set aside by the United Nations to celebrate children in Africa, the day recognises the courage of students who marched for their right to better education in Soweto, South Africa, and is marked annually on June 16.

UBA Foundation brought together students from various secondary schools in Lagos to the Tony Elumelu Amphitheatre in the UBA head office, where they were educated on various issues, ranging from financial literacy, importance of reading culture and nation building.

Some schools which were represented at the event included Akande Dahunsi Memorial High School, Lagos; Government Senior College, Maroko, Aunty Ayo International School Ikoyi and Wahab Folawiyo Senior High School, Ikoyi.

UBA’s Group Head of Human Resources, Patricia Aderibigbe, who welcomed the students, said that UBA Foundation centres on three key pillars: education, empowerment and environment.

She said that the bank, through its foundation, recognises the huge role that education and good reading culture have to play in the lives of the youth.

“The UBA Foundation is helping rekindle the dwindling reading and literacy culture amongst African youths as they pursue their education. Over time we have worked with various schools and educational institutions across the continent to ensure that the UBA Foundation continues to traverse the continent, contributing positively to the development of African youth, especially in the area of education,” she said.

Chief Credit Officer of UBA Africa, Franklin Erebor, who spoke briefly on financial literacy and the need to plan for the future, told the pupils that it is important for them to manage their funds and finances.

“You are not too young to start to plan for the future, as what you do now when you are young will impact greatly on you later in live. So it is essential that you have an account which should be well monitored to ensure that it fulfils the purpose,” he said.

UBA top officials had a brief reading session where they read to the students and engaged them in reading a number of passages from select reading materials.