Access Bank Partners Ghana Education Service for ‘A Sandal More’

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Managing Director-Access Bank (Ghana) Plc, Olumide Olatunji (L) in a handshake with Director-General of GES, Dr. Eric Nkansah

In a gesture of collaboration and commitment to improving the lives of pupils across Ghana, Access Bank has welcomed a courtesy visit from the Ghana Education Service (GES) at their headquarters in Accra.

The visit’s focus was to foster a stronger relationship between Access Bank and GES for Phase-2 of the ‘A Sandal More for a Better Tomorrow’ initiative.

The ‘A Sandal More’ initiative is a sustainable programme aimed at providing high-quality and comfortable footwear produced from used car tyres for underprivileged schoolchildren nationwide. This initiative thus tackles the dual needs of promoting quality and inclusive education for all children by offering sandals for underprivileged children and promoting environmental sustainability under SDGs 4 and 11 respectively. This partnership underscores Access Bank’s dedication to supporting education, enhancing sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Managing Director-Access Bank (Ghana) Plc, Olumide Olatunji, expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating: “We are thrilled to work hand in hand with the Ghana Education Service to make a positive impact on the lives of pupils through this meaningful project. Access Bank is committed to creating opportunities so the youth of Ghana can have a brighter future.”

During the meeting, key representatives from Access Bank and GES discussed implementation strategies for Phase-2 of the project, outlining plans to reach more schools and students in the coming months. The partnership aims to not only provide functional footwear made from used car tyres, but also promote a sense of dignity and self-confidence among pupils.

In his remarks, Director-General of GES, Dr. Eric Nkansah said: “Every home in Ghana has someone from GES, either a learner or teacher. We are confident that with this ‘A Sandal More’initiative,  every home can get comfortable footwear from Access Bank to keep children in school. We do not take this partnership for granted and are glad to be part of this laudable initiative”.

As the partnership between Access Bank and GES continues to grow, it serves as a shining example of how collaborative efforts can lead to transformative change in communities. Through initiatives like the ‘A Sandal More’ initiative, Access Bank is paving the way for a more inclusive and sustainable future for the youth of Ghana. Both institutions are confident that the partnership will continue to yield positive impacts for GES’ ecosystem and Access Bank.

Phase-2 of the ‘A Sandal More’ initiative is in partnership with GES, Horseman shoes and Chaint Afrique.

Access Bank is a leading financial institution committed to sustainable banking and making a positive impact in the communities it serves. With a focus on responsible finance, Access Bank leverages its resources and expertise to drive economic, social and environmental prosperity. Access Bank’s leadership in driving sustainability and corporate social responsibility has earned the bank enviable industry awards and recognition, including the 2024 Most Innovative Bank for Community Development by Global Finance Awards.

Access Bank remains committed to ensuring that shareholders, customers and staff enjoy a more-than-banking experience. The bank presently operates through more than 700 branches and service outlets in 22 countries including the UAE, UK and France, and three representative offices in China, India and Lebanon.

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