2017 Bhutan Global Money Week

LEADING ORGANIZATIONS:

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS:

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED DIRECTLY:

  • 10 000

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED INDIRECTLY:

  • 20 000

With the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan (RMA, or the Central Bank of Bhutan) at the helm of the Global Money Week celebrations this year, GMW2017 was celebrated at a very large scale within the country. RMA and various stakeholders in Bhutan took the initiative towards financial inclusion by forming the Financial Inclusion and Literacy (FIL) Unit which collectively spearheaded the national financial inclusion policies and strategies, including the national roll-out of Global Money Week in 2017! This has led to the participation of more than 60 organizations during the GMW in Bhutan, representing all sectors from public, private, and civil society.

Through the joint efforts of 25 educational institutes, including schools, vocational institutes and monastic schools and their network, GMW was celebrated throughout all provinces in Bhutan going beyond the capital of Thimphu. Activities have ranged from high-level events, to visits between schools and banks, where children have actively engaged with the financial sector. Moreover, activities have also covered the education of young people about financial matters, and opened bank accounts for children participating in Global Money Week. Out of the 10,000 kids that participated, 991 savings accounts were opened!

The opening event of the Global Money Week 2017 (GMW) for Bhutan) was graced by His Excellency Lyonpo Namgay Dorji (Honorable Finance Minister), Honorable Dasho Penjore (Governor of RMA of Bhutan), the Regional Coordinator of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), and other distinguished guests. This was covered in all national media outlets and has been communicated all throughout Bhutan. During the event, some of the highlights included:

Theatre programs on ‘‘Your money, financial crisis and lessons in your life”, which featured Ap Dagap’ (a well-known Bhutanese figure) were initiated and delivered during several accounts by a renowned theatre group to creatively communicate the importance of financial fitness.

In addition to the opening, recognition was also provided for the outstanding initiative on the design of an innovative Financial Literacy game, which will be further distributed to get kids engaged in talking about money matters in a fun and engaging manner.

A series of GMW events were also carried out during the week, including thematic talks to schools, tertiary educational institutes, defense sectors, vocational institutes and monastic schools, youth field visit programs, airing of radio jingles on Radio Valley on ‘promoting youth entrepreneurs, and a feature program of Nu.100 rural savings account opening for the disadvantaged students in Thimphu and Lhuntse. Other financial literacy sensitization was also delivered by various stakeholders at Dagana, Punakha, Tsirang and Gelephu – ensuring that GMW is celebrated throughout Bhutan.

Interestingly, because Karate is a big part of childhood in Bhutan, the National Karate Day was jointly celebrated with Global Money Week to show the connection between being fit and healthy with a good future for children and their communities, which translates to their overall financial, health, and mental fitness.

The GMW program in the country was conveyed to end with a memorable financial fair at the country’s clock tower on with the distribution of FinSave Gift Cards to the children, and to the general public, where children and teachers also shared how they got inspired by GMW.


2016 Bhutan Money Week

LEADING ORGANIZATIONS:

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS:

TOTAL NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH ENGAGED:

  • 1 932

In 2016, the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan continued to advance financial education for young people in Bhutan, which was built on the country’s existing Financial Literacy Program of the Central Bank. Specifically for GMW 2016, the Royal Monetary Authority targeted young girls in the urban and rural areas of the country. The Royal Monetary Authority did this through in-class sessions and distribution of materials that focus on expanding the knowledge of young high school students on financial products and the importance of savings.

From the private sector, the Bhutan National Bank Ltd. continued their annual campaign of making visits to various schools across the country. As part of these school visits, the managers of the Bhutan National Bank branch conducted classes with children and also opened bank accounts for those who were able to acquire approval from their parents. This provided the children both financial education and access to a savings account, thus helping them to learn by doing.

The Bhutan Development Bank and Druk PNB Bank Ltd. have also organized some school visits to teach about financial concepts, particularly what the function of a bank is and the importance of savings. Both banks have also distributed various financial literacy materials.

2015 Bhutan Money Week

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Building on the pioneering work done by the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan in 2013 and 2014, Global Money Week continued to be celebrated by various institutions in line with the Financial Literacy Program of the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan in 2015. During the celebrations, the participating institutions focused on highlighting the importance of savings, education and basic understanding of banking, and how these contribute to futures.

The Bhutan National Bank Limited, the Bhutan Development Bank Limited, and Druk PNB Bank Ltd continued their participation through various activities in 2015. These three banks are among the largest in the country. They highlighted the active role that the private sector has been taking in advancing empowerment of children and youth as economic citizens in Bhutan.

The Bhutan National Bank, in particular, has adopted schools where they have set up Banking Clubs. The members of the club conducted a field trip which included a visit to the head office of the bank, an interactive program with officers of the bank, and the opportunity to observe the weekly operations of a branch. Through this program, the bank also had a chance to inform and introduce Global Money Week to customers who visited their bank branches and participated in the campaign.

The information session hosted by the Bhutan National Bank Limited, the Bhutan Development Bank Limited, and the Druk PNK Bank Ltd., also gave an opportunity for children to open a child savings bank account promoting the behavior of saving at a young age.

2014 Bhutan Money Week

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Bhutan Royal Monetary Authority led this year’s GMW Celebrations, in association with Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Bhutan National Bank Limited, Bhutan Development Bank Limited, Bhutan Insurance Limited, T-Bank and Druk PNB. As part of the Financial Literacy Program exciting events were hosted ranging from visits by the Financial Literacy Program team to schools, opening banks accounts under RMA’s guidance and an essay writing contest.

Representatives of Royal Monetary Authority and the Financial Literacy Program visited schools in Paro to speak to students about financial education.

A host of banks, namely the Royal Monetary Authority, Bhutan National Bank Limited, Bhutan Development Bank Limited, Bhutan Insurance Limited, T-Bank and Druk PNB, all visited schools to help children open saving accounts. The participating schools received all the necessary information and education material beforehand.

The Royal Money Authority in association with the local schools organized a financial-themed essay writing contest. The winners of the contest received rewards and letters of recognition.

2013 Bhutan Money Week

Name of organizing entity - Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan's Partners: - Bhutan National Bank Ltd.
Date of the event - 15th - 21st of March
Number of children reached - 500

The Royal Monetary Authority initiated different programs to create financial awareness among the youth and general public. During the Global Money Week a “Financial Literacy Education and Awareness Campaign” was held in 20 districts, spearheaded by the Central bank in collaboration with the financial institutions in Bhutan, with financial assistance from the World Bank. The main aim of the campaign was to educate youngsters on the roles and responsibilities of central bank and the services and products provided by the financial institutions.

On the 21st March 2013, the RMA Governor launched a financial education comic book for primary-school children and for high-school students. Television, radio programs and music video, themed on financial literacy, were also launched. Audiovisuals on counterfeit currency notes were produced to enhance the level of understanding of Ngultrum currency notes in Bhutan by the general public. On the 22nd March 2013, RMA – along with the Bhutan National Bank – also conducted various school educational programs in few schools where piggy bank accounts were discussed, comic books were read and quiz competitions were held where prizes comprising of color pencils, art books, comic books, and notebooks were distributed.