Polaris Bank, acclaimed as Nigeria’s Best Digital Bank, continues its unwavering commitment to uplifting the girl child in select public secondary schools. This week, the bank made impactful visits to Kano, Abuja, and Kogi, donating school bags, uniforms, sandals, books, and other educational essentials to indigent students.
Over a span of five days, Polaris Bank officials engaged with students at Government Girls Secondary School, Kundila, Kano; Junior Secondary School, Maitama; and Government Secondary School, Garki, both in Abuja; and Fortune Schools International, Lokoja, Kogi State. Their mission was not just material donations but to inspire these children to persevere in their education despite life’s challenges.
Mr. Osazuwa Igbinoba, Polaris Bank’s Group Head, North 1 and Abuja, represented the bank at the presentation events and highlighted the significance of the program. This initiative, part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), aims to empower the girl child in Nigeria by providing essential educational support. In collaboration with NGOs like Evolve Charity, Polaris Bank has been distributing educational materials across the country, contributing to reducing the number of out-of-school children.
Igbinoba stated, “Our aim is to empower 50,000 children in five years,” emphasizing the bank’s commitment to supporting education in third-world countries. The program, now in its third year, has reached schools in Lagos, Kano, Abuja, and Kogi.
Mrs. Onuoha Goodluck, Vice Principal Administration of Government Secondary School, Garki, expressed gratitude for the donations, recognizing their impact on children from economically challenged backgrounds. She remarked, “Some of them are always ashamed to even bring out their school bags because of the state they are in. Now, with this initiative, you will see them in a different light.”
One of the beneficiaries, Fatima Kabir, a JSS3 student at Government Secondary School, Garki, expressed her gratitude and shared her aspirations, saying, “I want to thank Polaris Bank because these school materials will assist me in my dream to become a lawyer and fight for justice for other girls.”
The impact of Polaris Bank’s Girl Child Education Initiative extends beyond material support. Principals from various schools, including Aisha Shehu Yakasai of Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Kundila, Kano, and Mrs. Abu Omanyo Esther of Fortune Schools International, Lokoja, Kogi State, praised the initiative for its timely and wonderful impact on students.
As Polaris Bank’s educational support project continues its journey, the focus remains on empowering young minds. The initiative, addressing a reported six million out-of-school girl children in Nigeria, stands as a beacon of hope, with Polaris Bank at the forefront of creating positive change.