Botswana

2018 Botswana Global Money Week

LEADING ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Fin-Gen Botswana
  • Step Up International

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Acacia Primary School, Barclays Bank of Botswana, Debswana Jwaneng Mine, Gaborone Secondary School, Kwena Sereto Junior School, Magokotswane Primary School, VYB Digital

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED DIRECTLY:

  • 2 400

NUMBER OF PEOPLE REACHED INDIRECTLY:

  • 2 600

Fin-Gen Botswana
During Global Money week 2018, Fin Gen Botswana along with their partners managed to reach 2,300 children and youth through workshops, an essay writing competition, a panel discussion and a Piggy Bank Challenge. The Acacia Primary School participated in the celebrations. There were three main activities done with the pupils there.

  • The Piggy Bank Challenge included the lower-class students (Standard 1-2). The challenge allowed these students a chance to prepare and come up with the best piggy bank designs.
  • An Essay Competition was run for upper primary students, from Standard 5-7. The theme for the year was “Money Matters Matter”.
  • The pupils in Standard 3 to 4 were engaged in a workshop to discuss the GMW theme. The aim was to teach children about money and raise awareness of pressing issues regarding finance at their age. The topics covered were saving and budgeting and the children had a chance to play currency games.

In Gaborone Secondary School, there was a panel discussion hosted to engage the students on the theme of the year. There were high-level entrepreneurs and development practitioners to share experiences with the students.

Step Up International
In Botswana, Step Up International organized discussions with 100 children on issues around savings. The children created money boxes from recycled tins and began saving in October 2017. The children also wrote about savings, including why they are saving their money, the different ways they will use their money, and their saving goals. During the Week, the children visited a local branch of Barclays Bank to learn about using bank accounts and using money responsibly. Step Up also invited the bank to the Step Up Center to encourage children to save and open bank accounts. In addition, the children presented their moneyboxes to the bank staff. On 16 March, the children opened their money boxes and withdrew the money they had saved. Many tins where almost full. They liked the savings program and made another box to continue saving. A partnership between the Bank and Step Up was created to ensure that the children continue to receive financial literacy education.


2017 Botswana Global Money Week

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS:

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED INDIRECTLY:

  • 20

Throughout the Global Money Week 2017, the Fin-Gen, along with partners, reached 20 children and youth through visits to the Stock Exchange.

During the Week, Financial literacy awareness sessions were offered for children, youth and for adults, including sessions for Maru-A-Pula International School students, who visited the Stock Exchange and attended a presentation that enlightened them on how the capital markets operate and the role of the stock exchange.


2016 Botswana Global Money Week

LEADING ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Stepping Stone International
  • Botswana Stock Exchange

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS:

DATE OF THE EVENT:

  • 14th - 20th of March

TOTAL NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH ENGAGED:

  • 600

TOTAL INDIRECT REACHED:

  • 500

Stepping Stones International (SSI) took the lead for this year’s Global Money Week in Botswana. SSI partnered with various organization to organize a number of activities to commemorate the week. The organization launched the #TakePartSaveSmart social media campaign aimed at highlighting the factors that lead to financial and entrepreneurial success. As part of this campaign, SSI engaged with some of the country’s successful people to share some tips and knowledge they have gained throughout their career development.

Other activities marking Global Money Week in Botswana included a visit to the Botswana Stock Exchange, where young people learned about its functions. A session also aimed to make the youth think more long-term when it comes to saving. An integral part of the week was the celebration of Aflatoun Day. Aflatoun Clubs in the country ran fun and interactive activities on financial literacy. Global Money Week activities in Botswana extended beyond the official one week period. On March 24, local organizers coordinated an educational visit to Barclays Bank. This was done to motivate and inspire the youth to focus on developing their knowledge on financial literacy and the importance of being smart with money.

2015 Botswana Global Money Week

PARTICIPANTS:

  • Stepping Stones International, Botswana Stock Exchange, Bank of Botswana, Ministry of Education, Vocational and Skills Training

DATE OF THE EVENT:

  • 9th - 17th of March

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED:

  • 300

Stepping Stones International (SSI) and the Botswana Stock Exchange were the lead organizations for Global Money Week 2015 in Botswana. SSI hosted a Child and Youth Finance Symposium in Gaborone. This event brought together representatives from banks, insurance companies, and government institutions as well as other NGO’s. A large number of children and youth representatives attended the event. The Symposium sought to create a national platform to discuss how Botswana can advance financial education and economic citizenship education to its younger generation.

2014 Botswana Global Money Week

PARTICIPANTS:

DATE OF THE EVENT:

  • 11th - 16th of March

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED:

  • 901

PRESS:

  • The event was covered in the Daily News newspaper dated March 19th, 2014

Junior Achievement Botswana (JAB) took the lead for Global Money Week 2014. JAB organized stimulating activities such as debates, quizzes, bank visits and panel discussions. Youth from Botswana participated in a heated debate on the 11th March 2014 where they argued the pros and cons of encouraging their peers to be more financially independent. Peer educators who were awarded the 2013 Child and Youth Finance Award presented their youth budget to the Botswana Parliament. There was a drama preformance by secondary school students themed “My money my life: Saving and Investing”. The students were divided into groups to discuss the Botswana 2014/2015 budget speech which was delivered by the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Honorable Kenneth O. Mathambo, on the 3rd February 2014. The students came up with their own input into the budget speech and compiled a report to be submitted to the Minister.

Students displayed their products for sale to the general public at the Lobatse Mall. The guest companies were observing what and how the students did their selling and later made comments on their observations. Most of the companies managed to sell a lot of their products. While selling, the students had a chance to consult with the customers who were visiting their stalls. After the session, the guest companies made presentations to the participants.

Financial education exhibitions were held at local shopping centers to create more awareness amongst youth which could not be reached through the formal education systems. Students were invited to job-shadow employees at the Bank ABC. There was a radio talk show which discussed the topics raised by Global Money Week. The show was followed by a presentation by peer educators (2013 CYFI Award Recipients). A group of youth visited the Bank of Gaborone to learn about the process of opening a bank account. The tour was followed by a debate led by the youth on the pros and cons of saving with a formal financial institution.

2013 Botswana Global Money Week

NAME OF THE ORGANIZING ENTITY:

  • Ministry of Education and Skill Development Botswana

DATE OF THE EVENT:

  • 19th of March

Children in Botswana celebrated Global Money Week with interactive and educational activities. Youngsters had the opportunity to talk to students from Ukraine as part of the Global Video Chat.