The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Fifteen – Current Event

Young people are capable of amazing things. We see many examples of this in The Prince and the Pauper when we see both Tom and Edward making mature decisions to help make others’ lives better. But there are many young people in the real world who are also doing impressive things to make a difference in the world. For today’s Current Event we explore the story of one of these young people…

José Adolfo Quisocala

Keep reading or watch the video below to find out about his impressive accomplishments.

Reference in The Prince and the Pauper

“A low buzz of admiration swept through the assemblage. It was not admiration of the decree that had been delivered by Tom, for the propriety or expediency of pardoning a convicted poisoner was a thing which few there would have felt justified in either admitting or admiring—no, the admiration was for the intelligence
and spirit which Tom had displayed.” (p. 92)

José Adolfo Quisocala

  • Banker from Peru
  • Founded the Bartselana student bank
  • Encourages children to save money
  • Offers customers cash for recycling plastic waste

What inspired him to be a banker?

By the time he was 7 years old, José decided he wanted to be a banker. He found his inspiration around him. One of the things that motivated him was seeing his peers skip lunch because they had spent their money on sweets or football cards. One of the other things was all the poverty he saw among children around him.

Information about his banks

  • Bartselana student bank
  • Has more than 2000 clients ages 10-18
  • Children can withdraw from several banks
  • They can monitor balances online
  • Helps them set savings goals
  • They have to reach these goals in order to withdraw money
  • They can also get money for recycling

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