Westpac education grants increased for women and girls 2023
This year, Westpac Fiji is offering thirty grants in three categories to help women return to school or pursue further education.
According to Westpac CEO Shane Smith, in light of the ongoing pandemic and the impact global border closures have had on many families, the bank has decided to maintain ten grants in three categories.
Smith explains that Westpac established the Westpac Women and Girls Education Grant programme in 2011 to recognise the difficulties that females face in completing their education or pursuing advanced studies.
Many people are aware of the challenges that women and girls face in terms of glass ceilings, pay disparities, discrimination, domestic violence, and balancing the demands of family life and career – and Smith believes that everyone must do their part to embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
“The women’s grant programme has been running for over ten years. There are three levels of education: primary, secondary, and tertiary. And the number of awards or grants has increased from nine to thirty, and it will be available in April.”
Smith has urged all Fijian women and girls to submit their applications by the end of June.
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