KWFT participated in the ‘Banker for a day’ job shadow activity that was championed by Kenya Bankers Association. The activity was coordinated by Junior Achievement Kenya, which is a business club based in high schools that teaches business acumen to students.
The job shadow activity was a part of the Global Money Week (GMW), an initiative by Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI), an international organization that works to provide children and youth around the world with access to financial services, enhance their awareness of economic rights, and empower them to build their assets, invest in their future, and ultimately break the cycle of poverty.
The activity was held on 7th June 2017 at KWFT Head Office in Nairobi and the theme of the event was based on the Global Money Week 2017 theme: Learn, Save, Earn. KWFT hosted a total of 30 students from Embakasi Girls High School and Kenya High School who were engaged in interactive educative sessions about the Institution, financial education, career, communication, etiquette skills as well as life skills. The students were also engaged in job shadowing in several departments of the Institution complete with a visit to the branch.
The crowning activity was when the students made a courtesy call to the Managing Director’s office to learn more about his role and have a feel of what it takes to be a Managing Director. They were very excited and some even took several photos while sited at his desk.
4 girls volunteered for a quiz which was structured on what was learned during the day which saw 3 girls get rewarded with a KWFT Teen Account worth Sh 10,000 and one girl from Embakasi who emerged the highest was rewarded with a Sh 20,000 deposit in her account by the Managing Director Mr. Mwangi. All the girls present were also very happy as they received KWFT branded hampers.
KWFT Managing Director, Mr. Mwangi Githaiga, lauded the efforts of Kenya Bankers Association and Junior Achievement Kenya in ensuring that the youth are educated in financial matters. He pledged to put in place a mentorship programme in JA Clubs in various high schools, in which top managers in KWFT will each get a school to mentor. KWFT remains committed to mentoring the youth, teaching them about finances and being a model financial institution in championing financial education among the youth.