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2019 Trinidad and Tobago Global Money Week

LEADING ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Connect the Dots
  • National Financial Education Committee (NFEC) - The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS:

  • 21 Schools, Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Co-operative Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago, Drama Making a Difference (DMAD), Ministry of Education, Office of the Financial Services Ombudsman, Scribbles and Quills Ltd (Bookstore), The Association of Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Companies, Tobago House of Assembly- Financial Literacy Secretariat, Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute, Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission, Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED DIRECTLY:

  • 609

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED INDIRECTLY:

  • 1 509

National Financial Education Committee (NFEC) - The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
In Trinidad and Tobago, Global Money Week 2019 was organized by the National Financial Education Committee (NFEC), with four main events. The first event was hosted by the Tobago House of Assembly – Financial Literacy Secretariat (THA-FLS), and included a 45-minute interactive theater play, which highlighted responsible financial behavior. Following this, the THA-FLS organized a youth financial education exposition, which included approximately twenty booths and the Money City Center, which featured several financial education fames. The students were also given the opportunity to engage with committee members, representatives of financial institutions, and successful young entrepreneurs from Tobago. For the second event, the Financial Literacy Team from Tobago visited Trinidad for a tour of major financial business and institutions. Students were exposed to the operations of local government and were given a tour of the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. They also visited the Central Bank’s Money Museum. The students got a closer look of how entrepreneurship can be used to build wealth for multiple generations. During the third event, students from Trinidad schools were invited by the National Financial Education Committee to visit the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. At the Central Bank, the students learned about the importance of good money habits, through interactive theater plays. Each school was given a guided tour through the Central Bank’s museum, to learn about the history of money, the evolution and security features of money, as well as economic concepts, such as inflation. The final event was composed of the financial education exposition, where students learned about responsible financial behavior, through an interactive theater play, followed by a financial education exposition, where they participated in interactive sessions and education games. The students also competed in the “Bring Your Lyrics and Come” competition, organized by the Banker’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago. The competition was on the theme “Learn.Save.Earn”, where children competed in spoken word, poetry, rap, and calypso.

Connect the Dots
During GMW2019 celebrations Aisha Acres, the author and owner of ‘Connect The Dots’ launched her 2nd book "Mike's Mission" at Scribbles and Quills Bookstore. There were 15 children in attendance, with 9 of them aged 6 and over. Aisha read several chapters from her book. The children also played Coin Toss to see who could get the most coins in the alien's mouth, and another Money Game: Save or Spend. Coloring acivity was organized for the younger children The winner of these games received ‘The Money Adventures of Mike Murray and Friends’ story and activity books.


2018 Trinidad and Tobago Global Money Week

LEADING ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (National Financial Literacy Program)
  • Connect the Dots

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

  • Arts-In- Action, Association of Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Companies, Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Briggs Preparatory School, Co-operative Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago, Diamond Vale Government Primary School, Financial Literacy Secretariat- Tobago House of Assembly, Ministry of Education, Office of the Financial Services Ombudsman, Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute, Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission, Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, YTEPP Limited, 14 schools in Trinidad, 9 schools in Tobago

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED DIRECTLY:

  • 570

NUMBER OF PEOPLE REACHED INDIRECTLY:

  • 100

Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (National Financial Literacy Program)
Throughout Global Money Week 2018, the National Financial Education Committee reached 500 young people through the Financial Education Expositions held in Trinidad and Tobago. The event was organized by the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago through their National Financial Literacy Program. The Exposition was comprised of a short video presentation and a theatrical production, highlighting various financial literacy topics, such as setting financial goals, savings, budgeting and planning for the future. The first exposition was held at the Victor E Bruce Financial Complex in Tobago, where approximately 200 students between the ages of 15 and 19 were received. Following this, the second exposition was held in Trinidad and was attended by fourteen secondary schools, reaching out to approximately 300 students of the same age. Additionally, students interacted with participating financial institutions to gain knowledge to empower them to make responsible financial decisions. They were given opportunity to improve their financial awareness through interactive games and discussions. Students from Tobago visited Trinidad where they were hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission and the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.

Connect the Dots
During GMW2018, the founder of Connect the Dots, Aisha Acres, visited two primary schools to read from her publication “The Money Adventures of Mike Murray and Friends.” The book explores core financial literacy topics such as saving and budgeting, but also exposes children to the power of goalsetting, determination and persistence. Approximately 70 children participated in the interactive reading - asking questions and summarizing the lessons they learned. At the Diamond Vale Government Primary School, Ms. Acres spoke at the school assembly, where all students were present. During the assembly the students were told about Global Money Week celebrations and the importance of understanding money. Diamond Vale Government Primary is eager to have Ms. Acres back and the principal, Mr. Weekes, wholeheartedly supports financial education initiatives.