Volunteer Karachi conducted a workshop on Basic banking and the Importance of Saving at our Manzoor Colony school for working children of age 12 and above. Twenty-five children participated in the workshop which was led by a group of five students from IBA. The children, who spend a major part of their days working on the street or in repair shops, were engaged and attentive throughout the workshop and participated enthusiastically in the discussion.
The workshop leaders highlighted the importance of saving regularly, suggested ways of saving and explained how a bank account works. One of them shared an inspirational story which made the children realize that many big dreams and aspirations can be realized if one saves a little whenever possible.
Later, the students were asked to draw a picture of one thing they wanted (to buy or own). After they drew and displayed their pictures, they were asked to hold on to them and look at them regularly so that they would have a visual reminder of a goal they were saving for.
During the picture-drawing exercise, one of the workshop leaders shared a picture of his friends. He explained to the children that though money is important and everyone must save to be able to achieve their goals, but one must not forget the importance of friendship and relationships in the process.
The audience was young, but their involvement and enthusiasm in the workshop encouraged the volunteer team to believe that they understood and would take home the big message from the workshop of the benefits and importance of saving.
It was wonderful to see that the IBA students were motivated to give their time to such a cause and we would like to thank them. We would also like to thank Volunteer Karachi, a platform that aims to connect enthusiastic volunteers with deserving organisations in need of volunteers, for connecting us to them. We have also requested Volunteer Karachi to organize a summer camp based on a similar course in four of our schools for working children in Karachi.
Report by Jahanara Shiraz, Director of Academics, Non-Formal Schools