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Children's Financial Literacy Program
Teachers Mutual Bank is proud to invest in CUFA's Children's Financial Literacy Program in 2016.
By empowering through education, together we can make a difference.
We fund school projects to promote sustainable living, while reducing our own environmental footprint. We lead on one of the biggest challenges - climate change.
We support disadvantaged children, and we fund students who will be the teachers of tomorrow.
Teachers Mutual Bank is proud to announce its support of Bell Shakespeare via funding for the 2017 Regional Teacher Mentorship.
The Regional Teacher Mentorship gives 30 teachers from regional, rural and remote Australian schools a fully funded, year-long mentorship with the company. The programme includes four days of accredited Professional Learning at Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney. Recipients receive specialist training in practical and innovative strategies for teaching Shakespeare and the opportunity to collaborate and network with other regional teachers from around Australia. On return to their school, teachers receive ongoing support from Bell Shakespeare artists and staff, as well as access to in-school and in-theatre programs.
“We believe every teacher should be given equal development opportunities. The Regional Teacher Mentorship not only recognises outstanding teachers in our regional communities but also equips them with the training to further their careers and most importantly enrich their student’s learning through English and drama,” said Steve James, Teachers Mutual Bank CEO.
Joan Fraser, a teacher from Binnaway Central School in central New South Wales who is taking part in the current programme said, “The Regional Teacher Mentorship is invaluable to teachers like me from small, rural, isolated areas. Our students lack resources and opportunities that metropolitan students have ready access to. Staff also lack easy and affordable access to high quality professional learning. Alongside payment for a teaching cover, there are travel and accommodation costs involved, making a lot of professional development opportunities inaccessible to small schools.
Bell Shakespeare is Australia’s only national touring theatre company. It tours two or more productions of Shakespeare’s plays and other classics to state capitals and 25 plus regional and rural centres each year.
Bell Shakespeare also operates a nationwide, unparalleled education programme, introducing generations of students to Shakespeare around Australia, through in-theatres and in-schools performances, student workshops and masterclasses and professional development opportunities for teachers. Over 80,000 students participate in a Bell Shakespeare learning programme each year.
For more information about Bell Shakespeare go to https://www.bellshakespeare.com.au
Tackling one of the world’s biggest challenges: climate change.
The environmental damage attributable to banks comes largely from the negative impacts of their lending and investments, rather than their direct footprint.
Climate change is addressed more broadly across the Bank in our Sustainability Policy and other policies, in such areas as risk, reporting and disclosure, waste, supply chain and sourcing, car fleet, environmental education and grants, energy efficiency.
Read 'Our approach to climate change’.
Teachers Mutual Bank is proud to support CUFA’s Children’s Financial Literacy Project in 2016
In 2016, we’re investing $60,000 to help 10,000 primary school children aged 7 to 12 in some of Cambodia’s ultra-poor communities learn financial literacy.
Our investment will allow CUFA to expand its successful financial literacy program into 40 schools – an anticipated 500 classrooms and 200 teachers.
Early intervention is one of the most effective ways to create a sustainable future for economically disadvantaged children and their families.
With CUFA’s Children’s Financial Literacy Program, we’re on track to help tackle poverty in Cambodia’s poorest communities.
“Teachers Mutual Bank’s support makes a huge difference to the opportunities for young people in these Cambodian communities.” Dr Peter Mason, CEO CUFA
Presented by trained project field officers, CUFA’s Children’s Financial Literacy Project aims to:
Learn more about The Cambodia project
In the poorest region of Myanmar, we have invested in a sustainable village banking model for teachers and children. The program is designed to help break the poverty cycle by helping pay teachers’ salaries and empowering the community as a whole.
After two years, the project has;
Read the Myanmar Teachers Project report
We are a Platinum sponsor of CUFA, who have been working with communities in Asia Pacific for over 40 years. Their programs focus on helping people lift themselves out of poverty by providing access to financial services & education and helping people to grow micro- finance.
Learn more about CUFA
Grants for 2016 have now closed, thank you for your interest.
Need more information? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Our Teachers Environment Fund was launched in March 2008 to assist schools and TAFEs/CIT to enhance their sustainability. We offer grants of up to $2,000 bi-annually to help with environmental projects.
Since the program launched in 2008 we’ve provided grants of $400,000 to 157 schools with a total of 8,150 teachers and 95,771 students.
"We believe teaching sustainability is as important as practising it. The more our next generation know how to look after the world now, the more we can all look forward to later. Through this programme, we are helping teachers bring their sustainability projects to life."
“It’s a great way to get your students out of the classroom while keeping them totally engaged", said Teachers Mutual Bank CEO Steve James.
Artarmon Public School
Sustainability for our school
Arthur Phillip High School
Support student's outdoor learning space within a city school
Auburn Girls High School
Recognising Recycling and Sustainability of Resources
Berowra Public School
Construction of compost bays and a propagation frame
Canterbury Vale School
Sustainable food garden water pump project
Heathcote East Public School
Community vegetable garden
Kooringal High School
E-mission 2 Zero
Lake Illawarra High School
Outdoor Learning Centre for Lake Illawarra high School Special Education Unit
Compost and Worm Farm project
Moruya Public School
Moruya Public Schools' kitchen Garden
North Nowra Public School
Lets complete the cycle and make the
Pennant Hills Public School
Creating an Outdoor Learning Centre
Orana High School
Native Bee Hive Purchase and education program
Sefton Infants School
Sefton Infants Vegetable Garden
Springwood High School
Protecting the Bush: Stormwater Monitoring and Management Project
Mount Austin Public School
Indigenous/Multicultural/Special Education Project: Outdoor Learning Centre and Sustainable Living Garden
Palmerston District Primary School
Kitchen garden irrigation system
Wulagi Primary School
Establish and maintain Learning Gardens close to the student classrooms
Townsville South State School
Mudpickers' Community Garden
Quinns Rocks Primary School
The 'Living Laboratory' Community Garden Project
Cannington Community Education Support Centre
Aquaponics System to raise Rainbow Trout and Vegetables
Kinross Primary School
Kinross Primary School's Sensory Garden
Sawyers Valley Public School
The SAWYERS VALLEY Student's 'Frog Bog'
Glendale Technology High School
Glendale Technology High School's Threatened Species Breeding Program
Kotara High School
Outdoor Learning Area
Gorokan Public School
Chickens for Our Garden
Five Islands School
Five Islands Sensory Garden
The Teachers Environment Fund is a grant that helps schools, TAFEs and CIT make their environmental projects a reality. Grants of up to $2,000 are given bi-annually to help schools with their environmental projects.
We believe teaching sustainability is as important as practising it. The more our next generation knows about how to look after the world now, the more we can all look forward to later. Through this program, we are helping teachers bring their sustainability projects to life.
Grants are for a maximum of $2,000 excluding GST. Please note we encourage smaller grants as well.
The Teacher who is leading the project and applying for the fund must be a member of Teachers Mutual Bank and can apply on behalf of any school, TAFE or CIT nationally. Note: grants are awarded to Schools, TAFEs and CIT, NOT individual teachers.
There is no definitive list, but below are the typical projects used by teachers in sustainable education programmes:
We prefer not to fund straight capital works projects, such as fencing, building materials, footpaths or grounds maintenance. We also no longer fund water tanks as nearly all schools have one.
We will send you a confirmation email within 2 working days once we receive your application and the relevant attachments.
The complete eligibility criteria can be found in the application form. Essentially, we would like to fund projects which can demonstrate:
We assess applications based on the following criteria:
The Teachers Environment Fund applications are managed by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategist and the winners will be judged by the CSR committee members.
If your application is successful, you agree to:
We became a carbon neutral bank, and so all members’ accounts are with a carbon neutral bank. We have invested in three carbon offset projects in Asia- Pacific that have robust social, environment, community and education credentials.
We purchased an electric car for our HQ fleet use. This ‘game-changing vehicle’ is a Long Range Holden Volt electric car; free of the normal range anxiety, having two power sources and a total driving range of 600km. “We just plug the car in and charge it like a mobile phone. A typical 60km a day commute means that the purchase of petrol is generally unnecessary. The electric car will be 100% carbon neutral, as any minor additional fuel use will be offset,” said Steve James, CEO.
”We continually manage our environmental footprint, and utilising this innovative technology is another way of putting our sustainability money where our mouth is."
As the HQ fleet vehicle, the Teachers Mutual Bank car will be used throughout urban and suburban Sydney. Because it’s state-of- the-art, with no outward signs that it’s battery electric, we added the livery ‘This car is electric’ on the rear to spread the message that it’s a touch-point of sustainability in action.
“The Teachers Mutual Bank electric car will be visible to thousands of people as our staff drive it between our offices and to schools around greater Sydney, and our aim is to send a positive message about practical environmental solutions.”
The Volt is not a hybrid, it is a battery electric car with an on-board generator, and is designed to spend most of its life being propelled by battery power alone, powered by General Motors’ revolutionary electric propulsion system with a 16.5kWh lithium ion battery that provides an electric charge of 87km.
We have been a major supporter of Stewart House for more than 25 years because we believe in the incredible work they do with children in need.
Stewart House in NSW gives hope and helps take a weight off kids who are dealing with health or family issues.
Stewart House is visited by 1,800 public school children every year. Each child has been personally recommended by their School Principal as being in dire need of a break from their daily life.
What Stewart House does is:
That is our strategy. The three things we do, to change the lives of children.
Singleton Public School Principal, David Crowe, can attest to the impact Stewart House has on lives.
Unfortunately when David was in Year 2 his parents were involved in a car accident that left his father severely disabled.
“I was put forward for a trip to Stewart House when I was 11 and I can still remember the difference that made! It was a fantastic two weeks, I attended classes, visited the zoo, museums and went on a ferry ride,” said David.
“Due to their accident, Dad was left disabled and mum was his full time carer, being one of seven kids, we didn't have family holidays.”
“Now that I am a teacher, I am proud to be a regular donor to Stewart House and my school supports the cause too! Stewart House made a real difference to my life and I encourage you to help them continue to make a difference to other kids’ lives.”
Stewart House helps kids in a wide range of challenging circumstance, and relies on donations to continue providing this important service.
Find out more about Stewart House and how they help.