2017 Belgium Global Money Week
- FSMA- Financial Services and Markets Authority
- The financial education programme of the FSMA
- Pensions Board
- FPS Finance
- The Insurance Ombudsman
- The Chancery of the Prime Minister
- The National Bank of Belgium
- The Credit and Indebtedness Observatory
- Wikifin.be/FSMA as coordinator in collaboration to De Tijd/L'Echo, Radio1/VRT, RTBF
- National Social Security Office
- FOD Economy
- the Support centre for Debt mediation services for the Brussels Capital Region (a non-profit)
NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED DIRECTLY:
- 100 00
By organizing the Global Money Week, Wikifin.be sought to make money matters the subject of a broad conversation and drew special attention to financial education. There were various activities that took place throughout the week, available to the general public and to the educational sector. The 'Ring Around the World' event held at the Belgian Stock exchange officially opened the Week and was subsequently followed by a conference on financial education. Some activities throughout GMW took place at schools, for instance budg€tPRET/Gère tes pépètes - a game in which more than 50,000 children between the ages of 7 and 12 learned in a playful manner how to manage a budget.
Wikifin.be organized both online and real-life resources to spread awareness about money matters by setting up, firstly, Info markets in 3 areas of Belgium where questions about money posed by passers-by could be answered; conducting a survey dubbed ‘To save or not to save?’, the results of which Wikifin.be, in collaboration with media corporations, made money matters the subject of an even wider national conversation; sending a federal truck to different schools with education materials; and, developing MoneyTest, an online tool allowing participants to discover their financial profile. By releasing such materials that outlasted the official GMW2017, Wikifin.be ensured that financial education in Belgium would have a long-term impact!
2016 Belgium Global Money Week
- De Tijd/L'Echo, Radio 1, RTBF, Federal Pensioendienst (Pensions Board), FOD Economie (FPS Economy), FOD Financiën (FPS Finance), Onbudsman van de verzekeringen (the Insurance Ombudsman), Ombudsfin (Ombudsman in financial conflicts), De Kanselarij van de Eerste Minister (the Chancery of the Prime Minister), De Nationale Bank van België (The National Bank of Belgium), Febelfin, Assuralia, L'Observatoire du Crédit et de l'Endettement (The Credit and Indebtedness Observatory), Centre d’Appui aux Services de Médiation de Dettes de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale (The Support centre for Debt mediation services for the Brussels Capital Region), Vlaams Centrum Schuldenlast (The Flemmish centre for Debt mediation), The city of Brussels, The city of Antwerp, The city of Liège, Centrum voor budgetadvies en -ondezoek - Centre for budget advice and research, Wijzermetgeld.be, European Parliament, ENSIE, Finance Watch, European Investment Bank, GECES, Social Economy Europe, FEBEA, SEFEA, Credal, Bank of Karditsa, CERTH, University of Glasgow, Democritus University of Thrace, Ebanka, KEPA, FEBEA (European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks), Euronext
DATE OF THE EVENT:
- 14th – 20th of March
TOTAL NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH ENGAGED:
- 130 000
TOTAL INDIRECT REACHED:
- 2 100 000
This year, the Week was officially launched in Belgium on Monday 14 March at 9:00 a.m. with the “Ringing of the Bell” ceremony at the Brussels Stock Exchange of Euronext. The Belgian Ministers of Budget, of Finance and of Economy were present (Ms. Sophie Wilmès, Mr. Johan Vanovrtveldt and Mr. Kris Peeters). The pupils who attended the event were able to engage in discussion with Mr. Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Employment, the Economy and Consumer Affairs and with the Governor of the National Bank. All participating partners and media attended the event, where the results of a survey about how families handle money matters were presented in order to spark further conversation about money matters via the media. The following topics were addressed: money, pocket money, bank cards, smartphones, savings, insurance and real estate. Several other activities took place in Belgium throughout the Week:
More than 1,500 classes of years four, five and six throughout the country played the budget game “budg€tPRET/Gère tes pépètes”, an educational and fun game about budgeting. During the Week, Her Majesty the Queen visited two primary schools in Belgium, accompanied by the Ministers of Education. Her Majesty played ‘budg€tPRET/Gère tes pépètes’ in the class together with the children, which taught the pupils, who discussed solutions in groups, how to handle money, manage a budget, and make choices together. With this game, Wikifin.be supported teachers in bringing financial education to the classroom.
Wikifin.be/FSMA, De Tijd/L'Echo, Pensions Board, the National Social Security Office, FOD Economy, FPS Finance, the Insurance Ombudsman, Ombudsfin, the Chancery of the Prime Minister, the National Bank of Belgium, Febelfin, Assuralia, the Credit and Indebtedness Observatory, No Credit Day and the Support Centre for Debt Mediation Services for the Brussels Capital Region (a non-profit organization) gathered at the Brussels Central Station to provide information about money matters. After the event at the Stock Exchange, students then visited the info market. The experts at the market were ready to answer all of their money-related questions, whether they be about pensions, loans, internet fraud, debt mediation or insurance.
An online money quiz “Are your finances on the rails?” (http://www.wikifin.be/nl/geldtest) was also circulated, which was able to tell youth whether they had firm control of their finances. Also, a federal truck drove through the entire country during the Week, stopping at various schools. During the visit, pupils played the budget game budg€tPRET/Gère tes pépètes in the Federal Truck and they could also leave a message in the chatterbox.
Furthermore, the FSMA and Wikifin.be, along with the FPS Economy, SMEs and Energy, the FPS Finance and the National Social Security Office, were present at the ‘Ondernemen/Entreprendre 2016’ Fair in order to provide information to entrepreneurs and interested people about various financial topics. This year, the topics of 'boiler rooms' and 'recovery rooms' were featured. Wikifin.be also introduced new online content for self-employed people, and prizes won through the Wikifin@School Challenge were distributed to the winning classes.
2015 Belgium Global Money Week
- The FSMA - Financial Services and Markets Authority in Belgium, Euronext Brussels, Vlerick Business School
DATE OF THE EVENT:
- 11th and 16th of March
NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED:
The FSMA (the Financial Services and Markets Authority in Belgium) organized a second national conference on the subject of financial literacy for GMW, held in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Mathilde, on 11 March 2015 in the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium.
Various leading figures from the political, academic and institutional spheres as well as the principal stakeholders involved in financial education in Belgium attended the conference. Recent research findings regarding the financial literacy in Belgium were presented. In light of these findings, Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics, gave a talk about how to understand and change individual financial behaviour. In the afternoon, workshops that brought together the stakeholders involved in financial education to share ideas and to provide a setting to work on future financial education collaborations.
The same day (March 11) Euronext Brussels invited Child & Youth Finance International to an opening bell ceremony as part of the Global Money Week celebrations. The ceremony, hosted by the CEO of Euronext Brussels, was followed by a presentation of the stock exchange. Vlerick Business School joined the ceremony together with other Child & Youth Finance International partners including MasterCard Corporation, Ashoka, and ESN.
On March 16 the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee invited young entrepreneurs and potential investors to the European launch and pitching event of Ye! It is the latest initiative of Child & Youth Finance International aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs. Representatives of the European Parliament, European Commission, European Investment Bank presented the initiatives that the European institutions are leading to support young entrepreneurs and also directly interacted and gave their feedback to 10 young inspiring entrepreneurs from all around Europe.If you would like to find out more about the 10 inspiring young entrepreneurs who pitched in Brussels, follow this link to the Ye! Community home page.
European Money Week is a joint initiative by European banking associations that aims to raise public awareness on financial literacy and improving financial education for students from elementary and secondary schools. The European Money Week is held under the umbrella of Global Money Week.
2014 Belgium Global Money Week
DATE OF THE EVENT:
- 10th - 17th of March
NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED:
In Belgium, Euronext Brussels celebrated Global Money Week by inviting representatives of the European Banking Federation, MasterCard, the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute, the FSMA and Child & Youth Finance International to ring the Stock Exchange Bell. The bell ceremony was followed by a presentation on the ‘Role of the Stock Exchange in the Financing of the Companies’ done by the chairman and CEO of Euronext Brussels for university students from Karel de Grote Hogeschool and Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool as well as to school students from Khlim in Antwerp.
CYFI’s partners from the research group Education & Ict [ED+ict] at Limburg Catholic University College (KHlim) organized a youth talk with 20 teachers about SKILLVILLE in their university college. SKILLVILLE is an online media tool built to enhance youth’s key competencies. In the presentation, a teacher represented a school where all the 600 students played SKILLVILLE. KHlim’s education department students developed case studies to enhance financial literacy for their peer student-teachers.
2013 Belgium Global Money Week
NAME OF THE ORGANAZING ENTITIES:
- World Savings Banks Institute (WSBI)
- European Savings Banks Group (ESBG)
- Health and Consumer Policy
DATE OF THE EVENT:
- 19th of March
Global Money Week in Belgium was marked with a workshop held on the 19th of March, which focused on the importance of financial education for children and youth. The event opened with a keynote speech by Mr. Tonio Borg, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy.
The workshop put emphasis on the importance of starting education at an early age, its crucial link with guided-savings behavior, and the role that stakeholders across disciplines can (and should) play to improve policy, programs and approaches.
Attending the workshop were representatives from Vienna University, Personal Finance Education Group, Deutsher Sparkassenuerlag, Federation Nationale des Caisses d‘Epargne, University of Salford, Rheinische Friedrich, Wilhems University, Comision Nacional Mercado de Valores, Unit B4 from European Commission and the European Banking Authority and representatives from Child & Youth Finance International.