This year, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), YCAB Foundation, and the Ministry of Woman Empowerment and Child Protection held a series of events in commemoration of the World Aids Day 2012. This program was part of “Living with HIV” program, a global program by SCB which was launched in 2003, as part of their commitment to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS in Asia and Africa. Since 2011, SCB has been working with YCAB Foundation to bring HIV/AIDS campaigns to schools in Indonesia. The campaign program also involved SCB’s employees as volunteers to participate in educating the youth about HIV/AIDS.
Following the previous event, SCB and YCAB Foundation held a campaign in SMP Dewi Sartika on 24 November 2012. About 500 students attended the campaign which was done by YCAB Foundation and 100 SCB’s employees who volunteered. Since it started in 2011, the program has educated 8,164 students in 15 schools. For the next round, SCB and YCAB plan to educate approximately 10,400 students in 20 schools in Indonesia.
On 1 December 2012, SCB, YCAB Foundation and the Ministry of Woman Empowerment and Child Protection held two educational events at the SMKN 3 Yogyakarta that were attended by 500 students from the school. While the first educational activity was related to HIV/AIDS, the second activity was related to financial literacy through soccer games. The hope is that the students will have better understanding about the issues and will take active parts in spreading the information about HIV/AIDS.
Secretary General of YCAB Foundation dr. Iskandar Irwan Hukom was in charge in delivering the materials about HIV/AIDS. The 100 employees from SCB took part in delivering the financial literacy training to the students. At the end of the day, the students did not want to miss the opportunity to take a picture with the CEO of the Standard Chartered Bank Indonesia Tom Aaker.