Article provided by Sasria
SA’s Special Risk Short Term Insurance provider:
Playing its role in the further growth and development of the South African child – Making it possible for youth to open doors to a brighter future through its bursary initiative for tertiary studies
– Being part of the #Savetheclassof2020 Campaign aimed at helping matriculants successfully face their final year exams
As the saying goes: “A child without education is like a bird without wings”. That is one of the reasons why SA Special Risk short-term insurance provider, Sasria SOC Ltd is dedicated to playing a part in helping the South African child soar.
“Corporate social investment is an integral part of our value creation process. It is a key instrument that we use to improve our business, the country’s financial and insurance industries, and overall communities,” says Executive Manager: People Management Tshepiso Chocho.
“We want to be part of seeing our youth reach their milestones and that means seizing every opportunity and taking advantage of partnerships that have our youth’s progress and development at heart.”
Sasria has made education one of their key CSI focus, which couldn’t have been more convenient and more essential this year. With the better part of the year having been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown, the situation may have brought on fear and anxiety of falling behind on schoolwork for some learners and missing opportunities to find assistance in furthering their studies.
To alleviate some of these qualms, Sasria has in place a number of education-focused projects, including its Bursary initiative, which currently funds over 60 students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as contributing to other bursary initiatives. These include the South African Actuarial Development Programme (SAADP), which addresses the acute problem of the shortage of actuarial skills in black communities.
For Sasria, being an insurance service provider, we are obviously faced with a large number of mishaps or disasters that call for our attention and service. That is why giving back is so
important and helping ensure someone’s future and outlook is positive and bright, more especially the youth. And this, we are doing by continuously helping provide for their future and also assisting them to reach educational milestones in their lives. This, we not only do through our bursary initiative, but also by partnering with other national organisations and institutions of higher learning.
Sasria is also one of the sponsors of a mathematics and science programme, which is designed to encourage the growth of engineers and scientists in the country. The campaign, known as #Savingtheclassof2020, is spearheaded by Primestars, a youth development program for high school learners from under-served communities, with the support from the Department of Education.
#Savingtheclassof2020 is aimed at providing academic support by offering maths and science revision programmes for Grade 12 learners, which is currently happening in cinemas across the country, online and in schools. Apart from looking at the need and provision of food parcels and PPE for disadvantaged learners, the learners are bussed from their respective schools to cinema venues where the programmes are taking place, ensuring that everyone who needs it has access.
“For Grade 12 learners, 2020 has been even more challenging, especially those from disadvantaged communities. To be able to embark on such a campaign to give these learners a chance at successfully completing their high schooling journey, is quite significant for us and really speaks to the heart of our contribution to our society.”
As an organisation operating within the financial services space, Sasria also contributes to SAIA Consumer education initiatives aimed at increasing financial literacy levels in the country.
Bursary applications for 2021 tertiary education are open until 11 January 2021 and learners can download the application form and get more information by logging on to www.sasria.co.za
Sasria is an authorised FSP registered under license number 39117