First Global on the front line
First Global Bank (FGB) believes strongly in giving back to the communities in which it operates, and its flagship corporate social responsibility programme, 'Music - Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education', targets primary schools in Kingston, Mandeville and Montego Bay, the areas where its branches are located.
FGB does a number of projects throughout the year, but its major corporate social responsibility programme, 'Music - Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education', is done in collaboration with the Ministry of Education through which grade three and four students are taught music as part of the curriculum, with the intention of directly improving their literacy and numeracy skills.
Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between exposure to music and higher literacy and numeracy levels among children. The programme began in 2011 with six primary schools has now grown to 12 schools.
At the end of the 2011-2012 school year, 90 per cent of students from the schools originally involved in the programme had seen a marked improvement in their literacy and numeracy skills. FGB provides the musical instruments; equipment and materials needed and also sponsors teacher training workshops, to hone the teachers' musical skills to effectively deliver this curriculum. The Ministry of Education provides the training to the schools, as well as monitors the programme and tests the students.