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Special needs students learn finance during tour of Scotiabank

Students get a demonstration of how the ATM works from Operations Manager at Scotiabank Kevin Leung. Photo: VINO
Ryan L. Best, Scotiabank BVI Branch Manager and Shackema Baptiste, Personal Banking Officer, during the tour. Photo: VINO
Ryan L. Best, Scotiabank BVI Branch Manager and Shackema Baptiste, Personal Banking Officer, during the tour. Photo: VINO
Some of the students on the tour. Photo: VINO
Some of the students on the tour. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Students of the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre in John’s Hole today February 16, 2016 visited Scotiabank BVI on Tortola for a tour of the financial institution to increase their knowledge on the subject of money matters.

The special needs students toured the facility as a result of a request from the school to the bank and got to better their understanding of how money is moved and how the bank functions on a daily basis, meeting the needs of customers.

During the tour, managers of the facility explained to the students the functions of the vault where money is stored and the importance of keeping customers’ files safe and protected not only from persons who would want to steal them for their own nefarious purposes but also from fire, floods and other disasters.

They also explained how the ATM works and performed a transaction on one of the machines.

Principal of the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre, Vansittart C.C. Huggins during the tour said, “Right now the students are learning finance and money matters. We are introducing them to certain vocabulary, such as income, expenses, deposits, withdrawals.”

She said they never underestimate the students and do their best to ensure they are able to fit into society.

Huggins expressed appreciation to the bank for allowing the tour of the facility and noted it would go a great distance in helping the students to understand the subject better.

Scotiabank more than just offering 'products & services'

Ryan L. Best, Scotiabank BVI Branch Manager said the bank was more than happy to respond to the school’s request for a tour of the bank.

“They asked us to do a field trip for their students because they were learning about money matters and so we were very excited to get on board with them,” he said.

Best said part of the bank’s mandate in the VI is to educate the public on money matters and not just offer products and services and it was something the bank was happy to do for the special needs children.

“I think it went well...everyone was very engaged. They asked about the vault and certainly the staff was very excited to help the kids and to participate. So I think overall it was a success,” Mr Best said.

12 Responses to “Special needs students learn finance during tour of Scotiabank”

  • Xxx (16/02/2016, 14:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is so touching, I love socitiabank
  • Teach Them (16/02/2016, 14:44) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is good stuff at least they will grow up like normal children
  • kudos (16/02/2016, 14:45) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Independent living is one of the most important areas of learning. Way to go teachers!
  • Voter Too (16/02/2016, 14:55) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    They may be "special" but they are also human and you will be surprised how smart they can be. I know of one that drives like a licensed driver or I must say better than a sensible licensed driver. It is our duty to however assist them to get along and ahead in life.Dont ever underestimate the power of these people.
    • Ms Diva (17/02/2016, 13:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are so correct. People think that because someone has special needs they are stupid, they are very smart. Most have very high IQ's. I have a cousin in the States who is blind and she can draw her behind off. It amazes me how she feels the paper and start drawing things she said she see in her head.
  • qc (16/02/2016, 16:02) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good going to both the school and the bank
  • the rock (16/02/2016, 20:40) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    kudos to scotia and the principal of that school, love those kids!
  • just asking.... (17/02/2016, 01:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is myron you mean he missed this photo opp?

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