Global Money Week

2016 Puerto Rico Global Money Week

Leading Organizations:
Nuestra Escuela

Participating Organizations:
Comunidad La Barra
NE Caguas
NE Loíza y Nuestra Escuelita
NE Vieques

Date of the event:
14th - 18th of March

Total number of children & youth engaged: 37
Total indirect reach:

Nuestra Escuela announced the beginning of Global Money Week as an event which was open to all members of the school community. The agenda of the week was discussed and questions about the events were clarified. As part of the GMW celebrations, students had the opportunity to become exposed to the operations of a local bank, and the children were guided by staff to learn about the financial services that were offered by the bank. Also, through various seminars, definitions of financial planning and savings were discussed and practical activities related to how to save money effectively were conducted. In addition, teachers spoke about money management within enterprises, what to do with income and how to budget for your needs, wants and emergencies.

2015 Puerto Rico Money Week

Nuestra Escuela, Inc., Nuestra Escuela en Caguas, Nuestra Escuela en Loiza, Nuestra Escuela en Vieques, Nuestra Escuela en La Barra, Nuestra Escuelita
Date of event:
9th - 17th of March
Number of children reached:

Global Money Week celebrations in Puerto Rico were led by Nuestra Escuela. Numerous events were organized in Caguas, Loíza, and Vieques which focused on the themes of entrepreneurship, micro enterprises, the function of a store, how to use your money wisely and financial institutions functions and roles. Students learned about developing microenterprises using solid waste materials. A small business owner in Vieques shared her story with children and youth. Students enjoyed the opportunity to learn about how a bank functions and the types of services provided by banks to businesses and individuals. A drawing contest was held with the theme “This is what I want my savings for”. Manual Cidre and other leading entrepreneurs shared their business stories motivating many of the young participants. Many of the stories shared the commonality of starting young, helping with the family business, later developing into enterprise businesses. Youth were inspired by the possibility of creating brighter futures for themselves and their families.

Students from Puerto Rico participated in a Global Money Week Youth Talk which was organized with students from Ecuador. They shared the different experiences as entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector and learned of the entrepreneurial aspirations of their Ecuadorian peers. The activities/themes were selected by the students. Nuestra Escuela’s personnel then assisted in the coordination of the activities that where held outside of the school premises. Students were able to interact with bank personnel, entrepreneurs and discuss and share their thoughts and ideas on the subjects. It has been a great learning and active experience for all.


2014 Puerto Rico Money Week

Nuestra Escuela
Date of the event:
10th – 17th of March
Number of children reached:

Volunteers from the organization held a workshop for young Puerto Ricans to about creating youth cooperatives so that they can work with their peers to advocate for financial education and inclusion. During the workshop participants were also given tips on how to be entrepreneurial in a ‘bad’ economy.

In the city of San Juan, children were taught efficient money management skills through fun activities and playing games based on buying and selling of articles. A social network campaign was designed to teach young people about how public funds are used, what the annual national budget is and how it is allocated in 2014. A video-conference was also organized between Puerto Rican and Nicaraguan pupils to chat about ‘the future of children'.

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