Global Money Week

2017 Colombia Global Money Week

Leading Organizations:

Banca de las Oportunidades, Banco de la República, Ministerio de Educación Nacional, Fundación PLAN, Autorregulador del Mercado de Valores, Fasecolda, Asociación Bancaria y De Entidades Financieras De Colombia, Bancompartir, Fundación Sparkassenstiftung Colombia,


Participating Organizations:

Banco Mundo Mujer, Bbva, Casita De La Sabiduria, Colegio "La Salle", Institución Educativa Almirante Padilla, Institución Educativa El Carmen, Institución Educativa Nazaret, Juanita Garcia Manjarrez, Liceo Moderno Del Caribe, Liceo Panamericano, Pre-Universidad, Secretaría De Educación Municipal, Simon Araujo, Asobancaria, Banco Agrario, Banco Corficolombiana, Banco Corpbanca, Banco Davivienda, Banco De La República Armenia, Banco De La República Barranquilla, Banco De La República Bogota , Banco De La República Bucaramanga, Banco De La República Buenaventura, Banco De La República Cali, Banco De La República Cucuta , Banco De La República Girardot Banco De La República Honda, Banco De La República Ibague, Banco De La República Ipiales, Banco De La República Leticia, Banco De La República Manizales, Banco De La República Medellin, Banco De La República Monteria, Banco De La República Neiva, Banco De La República Pasto, Banco De La República Pereira, Banco De La República Popayan, Banco De La República Quibdo, Banco De La República Riohacha, Banco De La República San Andres , Banco De La República Sincelejo, Banco De La República Tunja, Banco De La República Valledupar , Banco Finagro, Banco Procredit, Bancolombia, Bancompartir, Bancoomeva, Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural Marsella, Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural-Apia, Colegio Etnoeducativo Embera Chami, Concentración De Desarrollo Rural, Fasecolda, Fundación Plan, Instituto Santuario, Colegio Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Fundación Gota de Leche, Insituto Nuestra Señora de la Sabiduria, Ce Venadillo , Concentracion Simon Araujo , Crearte , Eucaristico , Gimnacio Modelo Del Saber , I.E. Francisco De Paula Santander , Institución Educativa Las Lajas , Intitucion Educativa San Jose De Orito Sede Nueva Colombia , Plaza Sesamo , Sagrado Corazon De Jesus , San Juan Bautista , Santa Rosa De Lima , Alfonso Lopez Pumarejo , Alta Campana , Alto Cauca , Alto Peñas Blancas , Banco Cooperativo Coopcentral , Bernardo Arias Trujillo , C.E. Jordania , C.E. La Floresta , C.E. Rio Mistrató , Ce Bocas Del Atrato , Ce Estados Unidos , Ce Galleta , Ce Kilómetro Veinticinco , Ce La Pita , Ce Puerto Boy , Ce Puya Del Medio , Ce Santiago De Urabá , Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural Guatica , Cent Educ La Florida , Cent Educ Santa Emilia , Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural- La Celia , Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural- Mistrato , Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural-Balboa , Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural-Belen De Umbria, Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural-La Virginia , Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural-Pueblo Rico , Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural-Quinchia , Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural-Santa Rosa De Cabal , Cent Educ Bto En Bienestar Rural-Santuario , Centro Educativo La Maria , Ciato , Col Tec Agro Taparcal , Col Agr La Inmaculada , Colegio Etnoeducativo Embera Chami , El Tambo , Fermin Lopez , Francisco Jose De Caldas , I.E. Agricola La Florida , I.E. Intercultural Dokabu , I.E. Lorencita Villegas , I.E. Nuestra Señora De La Presentación , I.E.T. Marillac , Ie Nucleo Escolar Rural , Ie Agrícola El Copey , Ie Alto De Mulatos , Ie Álvaro Araujo Noguera , Ie Ángel Millán Perea , Ie Anibal Martinez Zuleta , Ie Blanquicet , Ie Camilo Namen Frayja , Ie Central , Ie Coldesa Amstercol , Ie Comunal San Jorge , Ie Currulao , Ie Desarrollo Rural , Ie El Dos , Ie El Tres , Ie Francisco De Paula Santander , Ie Francisco Luis Valderrama , Ie Fundación , Ie Indigenista El Mango , Ie Jorge Eliecer Gaitán , Ie Las Flores , Ie Lorenza Bustamante Medina , Ie Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento , Ie Manuel Germán Cuello , Ie Mina De Iracal , Ie Monteverde , Ie Nacionalizado Integrado , Ie Normal Superior De Urabá , Ie Nuestra Señora Del Carmen , Ie Nueva Colonia , Ie Nueva Granada , Ie Nuevo Antioquia , Ie Nuevo Oriente , Ie Octavio Mendoza Duran , Ie Piedrecitas , Ie Pueblo Bello , Ie Puerto César , Ie Punta De Piedra , Ie Rafael Uribe Uribe , Ie Riogrande , Ie Sagrado Corazón De Jesús , Ie San José , Ie San José De Mulatos , Ie San Juan Bautista , Ie San Martín De Porres , Ie San Vicente Del Congo , Ie Santa Fe , Ie Sor Matilde Sastoque , Ie Técnico Agrícola San Jose De Oriente , Ie Turbo , Ie Veinticuatro De Diciembre , Ie Veintinueve De Noviembre , Ie Villa María , Ie. Sagrada Familia , Ied Jose De La Luz Martinez , Iet Agropecuario La Victoria , Inst Agric Marsella , Inst Agric Pedro Uribe Mejia , Inst Agro Pio Xii , Inst Agrop Veracruz , Inst Duc Ntra Sra Del Rosario , Inst Edu Inst Mistrato , Inst Educ Miracampos , Inst Guatica , Inst San Pablo , Inst Tecnol De Santa Rosa , Inst. Educ. Juan Hurtado , Inst. Indigena Purembara , Institucion Educativa Pedro Pablo Bello , Institucion Educativa Rural Tambores , Institucion Educativa Santa Ana , Institución Educativa Santo Domingo Savio , Instituto Estrada , Instituto Integrado Irra , Instituto San Andrés , La Bamba , La Floresta, La Marina , La Palma , Laboure , Las Tazas, Lic Gabriela Mistral , Liceo De Occidente , Maria Auxiliadora , Maria Reina , Mata De Caña , Ntra Sra Del Rosario , Nuestra Señora De Los Dolores , Patio Bonito , San Clemente , Santa Elena , Santo Tomas De Aquino , Sausagua , Sede Taiba, Seguros Bolívar , Tec Agrop Naranjal , Tres Esquinas, Bancompartir , Bancompartir , Colegio Cofraternidad de San Fernando , Colegio Nuevo Paraiso , Colegio Cencosistemas , Colegio Emmanuel , Liceo Santa Maria de l Riviera, Liceo Bonanza Siglo XXI , Colegio Bilingüe Fisher Kids,


According to Asobancari, for this year celebration, more than 361 activities have been programmed, such as plays, videos, forums, workshops, play talks, storytelling, games, painting, interactive exhibitions, visits, competitions, and so on. More than 150,000 Children and young people will be involved, in schools, universities, mobile classrooms and headquarters of financial institutions or government entities throughout 26 Colombian Departments. All these activities have been built with the aim of achieving a proper use of resources, to strenghten the role of the economy and finances in children and young people’s life and to highlight the importance of the habit of saving.

This initiative is coordinated by the Comité Organizador Global Money Week Colombia, a body that brings together public entities, Banca de las Oportunidades, Banco de la República, Ministerio de Educación Nacional, and private entities, Fundación PLAN, the Regulator of the Stock Market, The Federation of Colombian Insurers and the Banking and Financial Entities Association of Colombia

The synergy that exists around this theme has allowed us to reach agreements on the theme (in line with CYFI guide lines), activities, logos, printed materials, digital activities and advertising strategy, creating even a small website to promote the theme in Colombia and make available free materials for all types of entities or people who want to join the celebration: http://www.sabermassermas.com/gmwcolombia. Similarly, for the 2017 version the “GMW Colombia” has been created: the entity that reached more children and youth will be rewarded with a plaque and a mention on Social Networks, thus promoting the competition and rewarding the effort made.

To develop the Global Money Week activities in 2017, the Sparkassenstiftung Colombia, together with Bancompartir, expects to reach 1 500 chlidren and youth located in different educational institutions through workshops in the city of Bogota. The schools are located in lower income areas of the city.

These days will be focused on transmitting basic financial skills that are applicable in the lives of children and young people. Here, topics such as: the nature of money, the difference between needs and desires, the importance of savings and different ways of saving, steps to develop a savings plan, among other topics will be addressed.

The workshops will also consist of games that will allow children and youth to strengthen acquired knowledge and reflect about the importance of money, where it comes from and what to do with it. Furthermore, they will also be able to acknowledge savings as a way of protecting money, why makes savings useful and how do you do it.

On the other hand, financial education activties will also be carried out with the help of Bancompartir to encourage participants to know the key aspects on how to better organize and plan their money, identify savings opportunities, set savings goal, understand the importance on keeping track of income as well expences and thereby have their personal finances organized.

Universidad Del Norte

Universidad del Norte will for the first time participate in Global Money Week 2017, with the objective of promoting good practices in financial education and the proper management of financial resources, encouraging financial culture in Our community and giving the tools with which to deal with the situation of global inequality.

As an institution of higher education that seeks the integral formation of our students, it is vitally important to be part of this celebration and contribute to the promotion of the financial education of young people, transforming their reality and accompanying them in the achievement of their goals. In addition to the activities prepared for GMW2017, Universidad del Norte is implementing two highly impacted financial education strategies such as the Uninorte Financial Education Program and the Financial Coaching Program "Through which we benefit young students of the University, with vulnerable socioeconomic status, who have financial obligations associated with the payment of their academic enrollment, providing them with tools for an adequate administration of their money, being able to structure and execute Their own savings and budget plan and turning them into intelligent and responsible consumers.

What Universidad del Note will offer during GMW is the necessary knowledge in the matter of money management and financial resources to the students of the Uiversidad del Norte, for an appropriate financial decision making.

Through different sessions, in a didactic way and with different teaching methodologies, a solid introduction to the world of finance will be achieved by financial and professional experts in consumer psychology.

This is important because it will enable young people to:

  • Learn how to properly manage their money.

  • To improve savings levels and be prepared in unforeseen situations.

  • Contribute to their integral development.

  • Understand the value of money and the importance of being an intelligent and responsible consumer, knowing the different ways of generating income.

  • Be able to make effective financial decisions in their daily life, according to their conditions and needs.

Fisher School Valledupar

Fisher School in Valledupar, Colombia, took part in Global Money Week activities by conducting specific lessons through English Conversational Club. Grades from 4th to 5th learned about the differences between needs and wants while 6th and 7th grade learned about the prospects of different professions. English is the second language of these students so they also had to learn new vocabulary words such as pocket money, allowance, earning, buying, saving, wallet and budget. Students were engaged in the discussions and they were very excited to know that it was Global Money Week. More than 200 students were reached through these classes.


2016 Colombia Global Money Week

Leading Organizations:
Ministry of Education Autorregulador del Mercado de Valores de Colombia - AMV Asobancaria Banco de la República Banca de las Oportunidades Fundación Plan Fasecolda Ministerio de Educación de Colombia
Participating Organizations:
Fiduciaria Central, Fiduciaria de Occidente, SAI Seguridad, Seguros Bolivar, AFP Porvenir, AFP Colfondos, Grupo Corpbanca - Helm, BTG Pactual, Asofiduciarias, Asofondos, Banco Mundo Mujer, Bancompartir, Banco AV Villas, CorpBanca, BBVA COLOMBIA, Jóvenes por las Finanzas, BANCO AGRARIO DE COLOMBIA, FINAGRO, Bancolombia, Davivienda, Bancoomeva, Bancamía, CajaHonor, Fundación Amanecer, Superintendencia Financiera, Seguros Mundial, Financiera Comultrasan, Servimcoop, Contactar, Confincafe, Cooptenjo, Colegio Olga González, Casa de la Cultura (Casa Amarilla), Municipio de Bayunca, Universidad Tecnológica de Chocó, Organización de jóvenes primavera, Comunidad de Candelillas carretera, Comunidad Imbili, Comunidad Tangeral del Mira, Comunidad puertas del Sol, Junta communal Villa Rica, Monitores deportivos, Profesional de juventud de alcaldía Villa Rica, dpto Cauca, Comunidad de San Antonio (Jamundí), Comunidad el descanso, Comunidad Chilvi, Comunidad las Américas, Familias en Acción, Univalle, RCN, Publimetro, Portafolio, Colegio Liceo Patria Primaria y Bachillerato (Ejército Nacional de Colombia), Colegio Nuestra Señora de Fátima (Policía Nacional de Colombia), Colegio Armada Santa Fe de Bogotá (Armada Nacional de Colombia), Aflatoun, Coomuldesa (Aflatoun Partner)
Date of the event:
14th - 19th of March

Total number of children & youth engaged: 116 685
Total indirect reach: 5 572 107

To celebrate Global Money Week, the Ministry of Education specially developed school activities for the Week for 1st – 10th grade teachers. The Ministry wanted both students and the teachers to be more involved with Financial and Economic Education, and sought to increase awareness not only through math, but also through social studies and languages, as basic skills for financial education (such as smart decision making regarding management of natural and financial resources) can be developed through various academic areas. These activities were shared directly with the Secretary of Education of each department for wide circulation amongst schools. The GMW activities were also shared through the website “Red Maestros”, designed for teachers, as a useful tip for their classes.

Furthermore, various contests were organized by the GMW Colombia Committee, which consists of representatives from Banco de la República, Fundación Plan, Banca de las Oportunidades, Asobancaria, Ministerio de Educación, Fasecolda and AMV:

  • In December 2015, the committee organized a contest for the best slogan in Spanish for Global Money Week. There were two winners, one for the best slogan, #AhorroParaMiFuturo, which was used during the celebration, and the other for the most amount of “likes” on Facebook for the proposed slogan. Each winner was awarded a tablet, but the slogan winner also won a free course in personal finances from his ninth grade teachers and a savings workshop given by Banco de la República (the Central Bank).
  • Financial Education Rally with PQR codes
  • The Savings Board contest

A Mobile exhibition about the history of money and bills, as well as the history of entrepreneurs, from Santander, Colombia was also created, along with an exhibit /fair “Education and financial inclusion” with savings workshops for kids and educational material from different organizations that was organized in San Andrés, Colombia. Furthermore, children and youth took part in a “painting the savings landscape” activity, and made messages alluding to saving and saving smart, a walk was organized through the main streets to share these messages with the people around in the municipality of Turbaco.

"It is important to remember that education should be everyone’s commitment and that we are looking to coordinate efforts with national and international actors and organizations that understand the importance of economic and financial education in order to optimize resources and align initiatives that allow for the strengthening of their impact. Global Money Week is one part of this coordinated effort, in which all the organizations involved seek that all children can apply the knowledge they have acquired along with basic and citizenship skills to innovate and learn throughout their life for the development and update of their skills." Ministry of Education, Colombia
"Financial education is a key element in making informed financial decisions. If we manage to start financial education from an early age, children and young people people will develop self-protection and planning skills that will allow them to achieve their dreams."Jeannette Forigua, Presidente del Autorregulador del Mercado de Valores de Colombia

 

2015 Colombia Money Week

Date of the event:
4th – 17th of March
Number of children reached:
1 562 389
Leading organizations:
Banca de las Oportunidades Asobancaria Banco de la República de Colombia Fundación Plan Ministerio de Educación Nacional
Participant organizations:
Bancamía Banco Agrario Banco AV Villas Banco de Bogotá Banco de Occidente Banco Falabella Banco WWB Bancolombia Bancoomeva BBVA Cofincafé Colegio Tomás Rueda (IEDBogotá) Colegio José Joaquín Castro (IED- Bogotá) Colegio Juan Evangelista Gómez (IED- Bogotá) Colpatria Coofisam Coopcentral Cooptenjo Corficolombiana Corpbanca COFORDHE Consejo Mundial- WOCCU Crezcamos Davivienda Fasecolda Finagro Finamérica Fogafín Fundación de la Mujer Fundación Ecoempresas de Colombia Jóvenes por las Finanzas Liceo Lorens Microempresas de Colombia A.C. SENA – Centro de Servicios Financieros Servimcoop Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia

Global Money Week celebrations were led by Banca de las Oportunidades (BbO). BdO is the long-term policy program aimed at expanding access to financial services for the unbanked in Colombia, especially low-income families, micro and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs. BdO, which is managed by Bancoldex, the Bank for Foreign Trade, in association with Banking Association (Asobancaria), the Central Bank of Colombia, and Plan International, organized a variety of activities all over the country.

The Central Bank of Colombia organized a workshop on coins and bank notes for children and youth. Similar workshops were also conducted in its 23 branches.

Asobancaria contributed to spread the messages of GMW values through a strong social media campaign. Asobancaria’s associate institutions took the financial inclusion and education messages to the next level by organizing hundreds of activities, including workshops, games, and visits to financial institutions among others.

BdO and Plan International put together a grand closing ceremony event. Universities, like the University of Groningen, and the Georgetown University, and other organizations such as UniSangil and Youth for Finance took part in a session dedicated to highlight success stories in financial inclusion and financial education.

 

Global Money Weeek 2015 en Colombia

Por tercer año en Colombia se celebró la semana de la inclusión y la educación financiera para niños, niñas y jóvenes. Las celebraciones contaron con el apoyo de entidades que ampliaron las regiones impactadas tradicionalmente, como fue el caso de Quibdó en el Chocó, Fredonia en Antioquia, Tenjo en Cundinamarca, entre otras regiones que se caracterizan por su alto componente de ruralidad.

Entre el 9 y el 15 de marzo se celebró la Semana Internacional de la Educación y la Inclusión Financiera de Niños, Niñas y Jóvenes en Colombia: ‘El futuro está en tus ahorros’, cuyo fin fue profundizar en la importancia del ahorro, el acceso a servicios financieros apropiados y una educación financiera de calidad. Global Money Week, como se conoce a esta iniciativa mundialmente. Este año la iniciativa fue coordinada en Colombia por Banca de las Oportunidades, con el apoyo del Banco de la República, Asobancaria, el Ministerio de Educación Nacional y la Fundación Plan.

El tema central de la semana fue ‘El futuro está en tus ahorros’, el cual se promovió por medio de diferentes eventos organizados por y en colegios, universidades, instituciones gubernamentales, instituciones financieras, miembros de la sociedad civil y comunidades de jóvenes activos en todo el mundo.

En 2015 se logró la participación de 1.562.389 niños, niñas y jóvenes en más de 120 municipios (administratives units). Niños y jóvenes participaron en las múltiples actividades educativas y recreativas que han fueron programadas entre el 9 y el 15 de marzo, en diferentes regiones del país. Se habilitaron colegios, aulas móviles, sedes bancarias, juegos en línea y material interactivo descargable en sitios web a través del cual hubo intercambio de mensajes y chats alusivos al fomento del ahorro.

La agenda de la semana incluyó cine, videos, foros, talleres, charlas lúdicas, lectura de cuentos, juegos, pintura, exhibiciones interactivas, visitas, concursos, entre otras actividades.

Estos eventos estuvieron al alcance de niños, niñas y jóvenes en diferentes ciudades del país: Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Buenaventura, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Pasto, Manizales, Santa Marta, Valledupar, Ibagué Pacho, Subachoque, La Mesa, Amagá Antioquia, Andes, Ciudad Bolívar (Antioquia), Jardín, Anserma, Neira, Riosucio, Caldas, Manzanares, Salamina, Obando y Santander de Quilichao, Chicoral, Baranoa, Tumaco, Mariquita y Chiquinquirá, Rionegro, El Bagre, Cereté, Sincelejo, Sogamoso, San Vicente del Chucurí, Villavicencio, Quibdó, entre otros.

Una de las principales actividades fue el “Taller de experiencias en el diseño de programas de educación financiera para niños y jóvenes”, que estuvo a cargo de Banca de las Oportunidades y el comité Organizador. El evento se llevó a cabo el viernes 13 de marzo en el que se contó con la participación de expertos internacionales y testimonios de jóvenes beneficiarios de programas de educación financiera, en el marco del evento el Ministerio de Educación Nacional lanzó: “Pioneros del Programa de Educación Económica y Financiera”, se presentó la iniciativa propuesta por Child and Youth Finance International de SchoolBank y se presentaron los resultados preliminares del estudio cualitativo de inclusión financiera para los jóvenes de la provincia del sur de Santander.

Finalmente el Banco de la República presentó el nuevo taller de billetes y monedas para niños y niñas y que se realizó en las 29 casas de cultura del país, durante la semana.

"Este programa acercará a niños, niñas y jóvenes a conceptos que les ayudará a administrar mejor sus recursos y a planear su vida futura [...]”.

Juan Pablo Zárate, Codirector del Banco de la República.

“El reto que tenemos es lograr que todos colombianos sean personas financieramente educadas, con capacidad de tomar buenas decisiones financieras en cualquier etapa de su vida y de desarrollar hábitos responsables que mejoren su bienestar y calidad de vida.”

Santiago Castro, Presidente de Asobancaria

“Iniciativas como el Global Money Week cobran relevancia en un esfuerzo conjunto del sector público y privado en pensar la educación financiera en torno a los niños y adolescentes, como actores de cambio y futuro de las naciones”.

Juliana Álvarez Gallego, Directora de Banca de las Oportunidades

“Desde Plan nos unimos al GMW porque estamos convencidos de que es muy importante brindarle a niños, niñas, adolescentes y jóvenes herramientas en el tema de educación financiera que les permita, la inclusión económica desde muy temprana edad y así cerrar brechas de desigualdad social”.

Gabriela Bucher Balcázar, Presidenta Ejecutiva de la Fundación Plan

 

2014 Colombia Money Week

Participants:
Asobancaria SENA Dividendo por Colombia Banca de las Oportunidades Save the Children Children International
Date of the event:
10th – 15th of March
Number of children reached:
483 635
Press:
Canal RCN Canal Uno La República El Periódico La Cariñosa Vanguardia Semana Mutuum

After a very exciting first experience in 2013, Colombia joined Child and Youth Finance International for the 2014 Global Money Week. This year´s main theme was “what do children and youth want for their future?”, which included topics about why they should save, opportunities that banks could offer to children and youth, positive and negative consequences of handling money and recommendations for decision makers.

The 2014 organizing committee was led by Asobancaria and made up by SENA, Dividendo por Colombia, Banca de las Oportunidades and Save the Children. In addition, they had the participation of 17 of the most important commercial banks, other institutions such as Banco de la República, Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia, Fasecolda, Fogafin, Mastercard and Credibanco, 82 schools and 2 universities. The schedule of activities for the Global Money Week this year was quite diverse and exciting and included financial education workshops at schools, plays and games about the importance of savings, visits to the interactive money museum, storytelling, dramas, and workshops with the materials that the committee has developed. Children and youth visited banks around the country and had the opportunity to talk about savings and to learn how to save for their future. Additionally, they talked about money and its different functions. They were also involved in entertaining initiatives such as theater and games to discuss the savings and their importance. Some institutions gave out piggy banks and all of them used their social media networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) to reach children and youth through shareable financial education content.

Financial education has been definitively enriched by what we all know by now as Edutainment. The organizing committee of Global Money week in Colombia planned a series of fun activities to teach children and youth about the importance of becoming financially fit. The youth learnt through workshops about investment where they were especially interested in the capital market and the different way they can invest. The younger children had fun learning about savings in a mobile classroom. They rode around the city in a bus making their own their own piggy banks.

In Cartagena, over 250 children and youth visited the Banco Caja Social to learn about the banking system and to open their personal savings accounts. A group of youth also participated in the International Aflatoun Skype call in which they exchanged experiences with youth from Guatemala and children from Surinam. In order to promote their financial enterprise, eight youth made a video explaining how they save money through a communal garden. Lastly, a group of over 100 children, youth and adults painted a mural in their community to promote savings and environmental protection.

In Barranquilla, youth participated in the International Aflatoun Skype call, painted a mural in promotion of Aflatoun and savings, and hosted an enterprise workshop in which youth shared their enterprises with peers in their communities in order to spark their entrepreneurial spirit and motivate them to save. The field office also hosted a March of Colors in which 230 youth participated. The purpose of the march was to promote the Aflatoun program and the importance of savings within the community.

 

2013 Colombia Money Week

Name of organizing entity
Central bank of Colombia
Participating organizations
Banco Agrario de Colombia, Corficolombiana, Finamérica, Bancolombia, Helm Bank, Banco de Bogotá, Citibank, Davivienda
Date of the event
15th and 16th of March
Number of children reached
41 000

In Colombia, the celebration was being led and coordinated by Banco de la República, along with Child and Youth Finance International, Save the Children, SENA, Asobancaria, and the Finanzas para el Cambio program. In addition, the national initiative had the support of 16 institutions in the public and private sectors.

This initiative is being recognized and supported by world leaders and major organizations, such as the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, President of the European Council, Herman Achille van Rompuy, and Mexican Presidency of the G-20. More than 41000 children and youth in 29 cities across the country participated simultaneously in various educational and recreational activities alluding saving, such as workshops, theatrical plays, storytellers, graffiti artists, music and dance groups, cinema forums, workshops on the elaboration of piggy and competitions regarding this important topic. Events were held in schools, shopping centers, private sector banks branches and cultural agencies of Banco de la República across the country.

Brian S.E. Mosquera, age 10, shared his experience as a participant in a workshop: “I am excited because Bancolombia came to school today and that bank is good because you can save money and record many checks.” To children and youth had the opportunity to open bank accounts with an opening amount of 0 pesos, retaining their commitment to financial inclusion. A Savings Bank was open in classroom where students from 9th grade started saving coins daily receiving a certificate of each deposit. Rodolfo the mascot of the Bank also took part in the celebrations by teaching children and youth about counterfeit money.

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