BSN school carnival to promote good savings habits
By Jude Toyat
Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four schools on April 16 to hold the BSN School Carnival 2015 programme here in Sarawak.
The schools involved are SJK (C) Tung Hua Sibu, SK Siol Kanan Kuching, SK Mejar Jeneral Dato Ibrahim Kuching and SK Serian from the Serian disctrict. These four schools were among the 52 schools nationwide selected for the carnival.
According to BSN State Head Operation Harjimi Bojeng, the BSN School Carnival is an initiative to help the schools raise funds through charity sales and other school activities. The bank also sponsored RM10,000 for each of the selected schools to run their activities throughout the duration of the programme.
“Today, in conjunction with the MoU signing ceremony, BSN will sponsor RM10,000 to each of the schools involved in this carnival, where RM5,000 will be used by the school to run this carnival and another RM5,000 will be given as cash prizes for talent and colouring contest.
“The cash prize for winners of the competition will directly go to their BSN account,” he said.
The BSN School Carnival 2015 will be held from May 1 to Nov 30. A total of 52 schools were selected throughout Malaysia for this carnival and each has received full approval from the Ministry of Education. The carnival will involve Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK), Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan (SRK), Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT).
“Other than that, this corporate social responsibility programme is also to foster good savings habits among school children through our BSN Savers Club, Kelab Penabung Muda (KPM), and BSN student savings competition – Skim Galakan Simpanan Pelajar (SGSP).
“BSN has always emphasised to educate children understand the importance of saving for their future. KPM and SGSP are among the best platforms for these children to save money because it not only give returns in the form of dividends, but also for other advantages and benefits including insurance and other lucrative prizes,” he added.
The carnival is open to the public. Students from the schools involved as well as people living in the vicinity of that school can participate in activities and competitions held during the programme.
Also attending the ceremony were State Education Department private education and special education sector head Vendery Milah Nata, district education officers from Kuching, Padawan and Serian, fellow educators from the respective schools, and BSN management team.