Scotiabank Community Partners With GBF
Scotiabank's Manager Marketing Jennifer Cipriani presents some of the books to Tanya Hopkinson, Teacher at BV/Quamina Primary in the presence of teachers and students from Lusignan Primary and officials from GBF.
Georgetown. September 17, 2014. Scotiabank, through its Scotiabank Community Program, recently teamed up with the Guyana Book Foundation (GBF) to donate books to two East Coast Demerara schools, in observance of Education Month 2014. Scotiabank presented over 150 books to the Beterverwagting/Quamina and Lusignan Primary Schools in a simple ceremony at the Bank’s Robb Street branch, in support of the GBF’s Education Month book donation drive that targeted 65 Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools in Region 4 (Demerara-Mahaica).
Over the years, the book donation drive has been an ongoing project for the GBF in keeping with its main goal to improve children’s literacy across Guyana. GBF’s donation drive this year will ensure that children continue to have access to high quality, interesting books with engaging stories which will encourage them to read outside of their required texts. It will also help strengthen the schools’ library stock.
Since 2012, the GBF has been engaging Corporate Guyana to assist with the donation drive. GBF collaborated with Scotiabank in 2013 for sponsorship of book distribution to Nursery schools in Region 8 during Education Month and Amerindian Heritage Month (September).
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work through our global philanthropic programme, Scotiabank Community. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately CDN$45 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years.
The Scotiabank Community Program is the Bank’s global philanthropic program which brings together all of the Bank’s charitable, social and community efforts and employee volunteer activities under one banner. Through the Community Program, the Bank’s charitable efforts are aimed at being relevant and responsive to the needs of each community at a grassroots level and provide support across the fields of health, arts, education, social services, sports and the environment. In the Caribbean, Latin and Central America, the programme focuses primarily on children and children’s causes.