The programme, which is part of activities to mark the bank’s Children Banking Month, tagged: My Day as a Banker, was held at the corporate headquarters of the bank in Lagos recently with pupils from Hilltop Grade International School, Lekki, Lagos.
From the Reception to the Customer Service, Foreign exchange, Corporate Banking and Human Resources, the pupils were visible attending to customers who were amazed at the skills the kids exhibited in addressing their banking needs after the initial short induction given to them.
Speaking with journalists on the occasion, Tomi Oyesola, Group Head, Retail Banking and SME,Heritage Bank, Lagos Island, said the training programme was part of the financial literacy programmes of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
|Haritage Bank staff guides a boy as he operate internet banking|
She said the programme had been on since the inception of the bank, adding that the bank usually trains children in primary and secondary schools in financial literacy every year.
Oyesola said for children in secondary school, the bank exposed them to treasury operations, financial control, sales and credit control among others, adding that about 90 percent of the children that had been exposed to the programme had opened accounts with the bank.
She said for children in primary schools, the bank accommodates between eight to 10 children from different schools at different times to expose them to financial literacy for about an hour.
The Heritage Children Banking Month directly impacts about 350 primary and secondary schools across the country in recognition of the pivotal role children play as the leaders of tomorrow.
On the whole at the end of this year’s programme, Heritage Bank would have imparted financial education on over 1,000 schools across the country since commencing this programme two years ago, as part of its social corporate responsibility.
According to him, opening a savings account for a child is one of the best ways to introduce them to that concept at an early age.