BSN celebrates successful school carnival programme
By Jude Toyat
KUCHING: Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) held an appreciation luncheon for principals and educators to thank them for making the BSN School Carnival 2015 programme a success here in Sarawak.
“With strong teamwork among us, we are able to pull the programme off and we hope that more can be organised in the near future to encourage greater collaboration among us and the schools here in the State,” he said in a speech during the luncheon that took place at Riverside Majestic Hotel on December 9.
He also pointed out that the carnival held from May 1 to November 30 was part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme to help schools raise funds through charity sales and other school activities apart from building good relationships with the local communities and encourage good savings habits.
“During the carnival, several BSN products were also introduced to the school children including the BSN Savers Club, Kelab Penabung Muda (KPM), and BSN students saving competition – Skim Galakan Simpanan Pelajar (SGSP) to encourage good saving habits,” he added.
A total of four schools participated in this year’s edition of the carnival first introduced in 2014, including SJK (C) Tung Hua Sibu, SK Siol Kanan Kuching, SK Mejar Jeneral Dato Ibrahim Kuching and SK Serian from the Serian district. These four schools were among the 52 schools nationwide selected for the carnival.
“Each school received RM10,000 sponsored by BSN for them to run their activities throughout the duration of the programme. RM5,000 was used to run the carnival and another RM5, 000 as cash prizes for talent and colouring contest,” he said.
Zamri also revealed that currently there are a total of 91, 700 students who have joined in the SGSP with a total amount of RM45 million worth of savings.
“We must make sure that these school children can really understand the importance of savings for their future and become successful individuals,” said Zamri, adding that the carnival will be held again next year.
Also at the luncheon were Sarawak Education Department director Rakayah Madon, Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad (YGMB) chief executive officer Datuk Wan Munadi Wan Mamat and manager Azman Hashim and fellow educators from the schools that were involved in the carnival.