By Edwin Muhumuza
UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of United Bank for Africa (UBA) , joined the rest of the world to celebrate African children in this year’s edition of the International Day of the African Child.
The United Nations set aside June 16 every year, as the International Day of the African Child to celebrate children in Africa where it recognizes the courage of students who marched for their right to better education in Soweto South Africa.
The Managing Director, UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, said, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant lock down on educational institutions, they were not able to visit schools and community centers as is its usual practice, however, the Foundation held activities online, where students of secondary schools were afforded the opportunity to watch and listen to virtual mentoring and reading sessions.
During the virtual session, Bola Atta, spoke to the students on various issues, ranging from financial literacy and the importance of imbibing good reading culture to nation building further explaining why UBA Foundation centers on three key pillars of Education, Empowerment and Environment, adding that the bank through its foundation, recognizes the huge role that education and indeed a good reading culture has to play in the lives of the youth.
She said, “These days school children barely make out time to read and are easily distracted by the presence of electronic social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others; and to curb this declining culture of reading across the continent, UBA Foundation came up with the ‘Read Africa’ project, designed to resuscitate the reading culture amongst our youths across the African continent.
“As a pan-African institution, we believe that the future of Africa lies in her youth and for this reason, UBA Foundation is actively involved in facilitating educational projects and bridging the literacy-wide gap on a pan-African scale, and is helping to rekindle the dwindling reading and literacy culture amongst African youths as they pursue their education,” Atta said.
While emphasising the belief that a highly educated and well-informed youth is critical to the future of Africa, Atta seized the opportunity to read a few passages of the recommended novel to students and encouraged them to visit the UBA Foundation website to register and gain access to read some more at their leisure.
UBA through its Foundation has been at the forefront to developing the manpower needed by Africa to exploit emerging opportunities and propel the continent to higher levels of development.