Bank, Kokoda Track Foundation continue education partnership


KINA Bank has pledged support for the second consecutive year to the flexible open and distance education (Fode) programme administered by the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF) at the Motu Koita Fode centre in Port Moresby.
The bank, in a statement last week, said it was funding the Fode programme and providing mentoring by bank staff to students enrolled at the centre.
The one-on-one mentoring programme offers students the opportunity to connect with young and seasoned professionals at the bank who provide coaching, and help with their studies, assessments and to prepare for exams.
Building on the success of last year, students have direct personal access to a mentor who can guide them on their path to success and help them reach their goals.
“Our partnership with Kina Bank is that in every sense of the word, from vital financial support to their innovative volunteer mentoring programme and all of the ‘small’ ways they assist our work in between, we are proud to partner with Kina Bank and are delighted to continue developing our partnership this year,” KTF chief executive officer (CEO) Dr Genevieve Nelson said.
“In these challenging times, we are poised to deliver a full year of learning to our students, committed to the safety of our students and staff.
“We are fortunate to have an incredible partner such as Kina Bank by our side on this education journey.”
Kokoda Track Foundation has reported to have enrolled 150, an increase in numbers from 2020.
“Continuing the partnership with the foundation for Motu Koita Fode was an easy decision for us, building further on the success of the previous year and to see through some of the students in grades 10 and 11 mentored last year,” Kina Bank CEO Greg Pawson said. “The bank is committed to helping create the workforce of the future by supporting the learning and development of young people in Papua New Guinea.
“Initiatives such as the Motu Koita Fode programme gives a second chance to young people to attain high school certification and progress to higher education and transition into employment with skills and qualifications.
“At Kina Bank, we’re committed to supporting our communities.”