The CBA successfully completed its 2019 Tertiary Education Project in August 2019. During July and August we visited 6 tertiary institutions situated in Gauteng namely: Africa Film Drama Art Academy, Damelin, Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Rosebank College, University of Witwatersrand and AAA school of Advertising. The project, which was a joint venture between the CBA, the credit bureaus and the National Credit Regulator, brought meaningful engagement to the students, the SRC of each institution, as well as the educators who participated, as we taught students and educators how to manage their credit reports. All were provided with an opportunity to view their credit reports for free on site.
The students had the opportunity to enter a raffle and win R2,500 towards their study fees, however they had to be present during the entire play to win. Credit bureau representatives shared their life changing stories with the students in a motivational speech, which significantly impacted the students.
In 2020 we decided to begin our Tertiary Education Project early in the year, and we visited over 12 tertiary institutions, together with a few schools in Cape Town in January and February, namely: Northwest University of Potchefstroom where we visited 2 campuses, Pearson Institution, where we visited 2 campuses, Denver College, BEESA – Yes for Youth, Northlink TVET College, Cape Peninsula University: District 6 and Belville Campus, AAA School of Advertising, Damelin College and False Bay TVET College.
Our actors performed the theatre production which you can view in the link above, all were provided with an opportunity to view their credit reports for free, and the NCR and the credit bureaus participated in providing insight on credit bureaus, credit reports, and how to manage credit wisely.
We have been overwhelmed with the response from students and educators alike, all of whom have told us repeatedly of the knowledge and benefit they have received from our interactions with them. We are humbled and proud to be able to assist in making a difference in the credit knowledge of students as they begin their credit journey.
For the remainder of 2020 we will be exploring media platforms to participate in the further education of students, and will be distributing our videos, particularly to those who have either asked for them or to those, such as University of Johannesburg and Money Smart Week (run by UNISA) who we were planning to meet but for COVID19.
By Selina Maketa, Project Manager