First Bank of Nigeria Limited has expanded its Financial Literacy programme to the Eastern part of the country with the launch of its Financial Literacy programme for Secondary Schools in Ebonyi State, under the auspices of the FirstBank FutureFirst Programme.
The initiative launched in 2013, in partnership with the Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), and the Lagos State Empowerment & Resource Network (LEARN), is designed to empower students of secondary schools with requisite knowledge of financial literacy. It also comes with the benefit of career counseling to equip them with knowledge of money management, early entrepreneurship skills, and financial independence whilst stimulating the development of a savings culture at an early age.
The FutureFirst Financial Literacy Programme is an ongoing Corporate Responsibility initiative of FirstBank which aligns with the Bank’s Sustainable Finance objective, a key focus area of the Bank’s Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Strategy.
The Bank has recorded immense success in implementing the programme in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, and Abuja, which saw staff volunteer their time and resources to teach students in over 80 secondary schools, impacting over 60,000 students and committing over 220,000 staff volunteering hours since the programme was launched.
To further expand its reach with the financial literacy agenda to Nigerian youths, FirstBank has spread its tentacles to Ebonyi State, South-Eastern Nigeria, where it launched the FutureFirst Financial Literacy Programme. Present at the event were with the Commissioner for Education; the Secretary to the State Government; Head of the State Board of Education; principals from 30 selected schools and staff of the Bank in attendance.