ISB gets $11,000 for polio initiative

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INTERNATIONAL School Brunei (ISB) yesterday received a cheque for $11,246.50 from Standard Chartered Bank for the school’s latest efforts in its Polio Points Programme.

Under the programme, the money received will go towards purchasing polio vaccines as part of a global initiative to eradicate polio in affected countries.

Global educator and presenter on global awareness d’Arcy Lunn explained that Polio Points works by acknowledging ISB students for their outstanding achievements inside and outside the classroom.

Students are awarded ‘Polio Points’ by their teachers, and every four Polio Points earned will be matched with a financial donation of one dollar by Standard Chartered Bank.

According to Lunn, a dollar is enough for the vaccination of a child in poor, densely populated slums in Pakistan through UNICEF Pakistan.

“They can’t believe that a small little country like Brunei can have such a fantastic idea.

“You’re pretty unique in the world by being part of this programme,” Lunn said to ISB students.

Lunn also mentioned that this year has seen just 41 cases of polio around the globe, a major decrease since 1988 when polio cases were estimated to be at about 350,000 per year.

“So, you’re directly connecting to a global topic and issue, which is just fantastic,” Lunn added.

Standard Chartered Bank Chief Executive officer Rino Donosepoetro presented the cheque to ISB.

“We are delighted to complete this Polio Points Programme with International School Brunei and want to thank the students in particular for their passion and hard work in collecting the points in order to help eradicate polio,” Donosepoetro said.

Representatives of ISB told The Brunei Times that this marked the third time that the school has received a cheque from the bank for the Polio Points programme.

ISB’s Green (Penyu) House led the Polio Points tally for the last academic year, with 11,906 points, followed by Red (Ingkat) House with 11,665 points.

Yellow (Beruang) and Blue (Sangang) Houses collected 10,836 and 10,579 Polio Points, respectively.

It was previously reported that ISB and Standard Chartered Bank first collaborated on the programme since 2012, when it was launched by Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah.

The Brunei Times