Global Money Week

2017 China Global Money Week

Leading Organizations:
Shanghai Better Education Development Center

Participating Organizations:
Education Bureau In Shanghai Pudong
Shanghai Minhang

NGOs including Plan China, Shanghai Vibrant Communities, Nanjing Radish Child-caring Center, Qingdao You and ME, Chuangyi Social Work Serving Center, Shanghai Grassroots Community, Jiangmen Pengjiang Social Work Association, LEAD Sunshine Volunteer Club

Citti Bank
Shanghai Office

100 schools from Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Puyang, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Guiyang, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Jinhua, Hefei, Changzhou, Nanjing, Guangnan.

10 Medias

Throughout the Global Money Week 2017, the Better along with partners plans to reach 100000 children and youth through visits to the school\university\community.

During the GMW 2017, we will organize financial games and design activities, carrying out the new Year's money research in the 100 primary school in China.

We also hope to design some online courses to help teachers, parents or educators to answer the relevant educational problems.

For young people, we hope to organize the selfie challenge activities ,and they can combine with a variety of scenes to create.

In the community, we organize activities on the theme of environmental protection, plan to enable more people to participate.

Additionally, we plan to invite the educators to attend the workshop and financial literacy education seminar in Shanghai during the GMW 2017.

Furthermore, this year university students will have the opportunity to play games and organize activity into the primary school with the children.

2016 China Money Week

Leading organizations:
Shanghai Be Better Education Development Cenre

Participating organizations:

Date of the event:
14th – 20th of March

Total number of children & youth engaged: 11 452

Global Money Week 2016 was celebrated in China with the Shanghai Better Education Development Center "Be Better" leading within the country. The celebrations included multiple types of activities such as in-class lessons, fun and interactive games, creating of their own money boxes and implementation of various club activities following the Aflatoun program.

Be Better China, together with Aflatoun, conducted key activities, reaching 24 schools within the week. The activities targeted children in order to grow and strengthen daily habits, especially their attitude towards saving, spending, and self-awareness. Additionally, Be Better China further expanded its reach this year by implementing a plethora of activities to six cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Guiyang, and Suzhou. In each of these activities and cities, the goal was to influence and teach kids, teachers and parents about how they can approach money and resources more responsibly in their daily lives. However, more than this, Be Better also wanted to emphasize to participants the importance of thinking both of their present and future finances.

One of the unique activities spearheaded by Be Better this year was teaching kids about the concept of an Auction Center. Be Better organized an auction in Beijing Aflatoun Center. The children were so excited to take part at the auction, making bids on things with their “Alfatoun money” while auctioning off their own belongings. At the beginning of the auction, children were going through their Aflatoun money very quickly in making bids. Eventually, they learned how to mark-up prices with the auction paddles at the auction. The auction gave the children an understanding of how to use their money in a proper way in an auction setting.

In ZhuQiao primary school, Be Better organized family survival challenge games with the children. The games helped the children to understand the difficulty of earning money and to start thinking about the concept of saving and spending properly for the future. The game helped them to realize that they may face accidents or unexpected financial costs, emphasizing the importance of reducing risks through the accumulation of assets or buying insurance. The game also helps them to understand the importance of taking part in community activities and interact with people around them.


2015 China Money Week

Be Better
Citi Bank China
One-Yuan Foundation
Date of the event:
9th – 17th of March
Number of children reached:
9 646

Under the leadership of Be Better China, the Global Money Week 2015 celebrations in China witnessed a huge success by reaching to almost 10,000 children through various programs conducted during all the days of the week.

Be Better China partnered with Aflatoun to conduct key activities. Together they were able to reach 23 schools, 356 teachers, 25 parents, and 3670 children from Shanghai, Changzhou, Nanjing, Hefei, and Huishui of the Guizhou province. The key goal of the activities was for the young Chinese to cultivate good habits in their daily life to achieve happiness, which includes components of better self-awareness and learning the importance of saving. This they learned to do by first setting clear goals, identifying the steps they needed to take to achieve these goals, and finding facilitators and methods to motivate them to pursue these goals.

During this period, Be Better also taught kids how to manage their pocket money. Through the Aflatoun Association, Aflatoun kids Autonomous Center, Aflatoun Changing Bank, and the One-Yuan Foundation, kids, teachers and parents learned how to deal with money and make it useful in their daily lives. More importantly, they also learned to build their future finances. The whole array of activities focused on kids and their teachers and parents, teaching them how to plan their future.

A questionnaire-based activity to facilitate discussions about pocket money was also conducted during the week. In the questionnaire, the children were asked questions such as the amount of money they received during Chinese New Year, how they plan to spend it, and how they could grow that money. About 2000 students from 17 schools in Shanghai, Jiangsu province, Sichuan province, Anhui province and Guizhou province participated in the survey. The activity facilitated good discussions.

On 10 March, One Yuan Charity collected 1 Yuan from 1976 children towards the welfare of the vulnerable groups in China.

All throughout the Global Money Week, Be Better ensured that there was focus on the messages of “The habit of saving” and balancing it with good “consumption” or spending that takes into account “people, price, and product”. Through this, Be Better aimed to create more responsible savers and spenders who think not only about themselves, but also about their communities.

Be Better also organized a survival game and a parent-child finance event structured to promote the importance of making a budget to manage their money for their family. A recruitment drive for the Aflatoun Bank at Wujin Tsing Ying Foreign Language School was also conducted. The drive received about 2000 students, a big step in furthering social and financial education in their communities.


2014 China Money Week

Be Better
Citi Bank China
Date of the event:
10th – 16th of March
Number of children reached:

Be Better and Citi Bank China co-organized Global Money Week 2014 in China. Children and youth between ages 10-17 years participated in exciting activities such as team survival games on financial topics, bank visits at Citi, workshops on money matters and other social topics.

40 students from Nanjing Yangzi Primary School received an in-depth class which followed the Aflatoun curriculum to learn the value of money through team learning exercises. “The Trip of Money” involved 20 primary students between 10-13 years of age, visiting a Citi Bank branch in Beijing to give the participants a brief idea on banks and savings. A workshop on social rights involved 30 college students from Xinwei College, with the aim to teach the students money and social innovations skills. A saving and spending workshop took place at Shanghai Qunxing Vocational school and involved 70 students between 15 and 17 years of age.

A “Free change, really?“ class took place at an Aflatoun learning experience center in Beijing and involved 20 students in the age range of 6-12 years. The class is designed to help the participants learn the truth of free products and services. A “How to Make an Aflatoun Box” class took place in Shanghai Tandog Community Center, and involved teaching 20 primary students how to make and use an Aflatoun Box to satisfy their wishes.

An interactive discussion involved 25 participants from around Shanghai focusing on the subjects such as how to choose a college, how to plan for their future, career planning and how the BeBetter program can improve their decision making in regards to all aspects of their life, including the financial aspects.


2013 China Money Week

Name of organizing entity - Better Education Organization (NGO) Partners- Social Development Bureau of Yanjjang District
Date of the event - 15th - 21st of March
Number of children reached - 5 021

In China, Global Money Week was celebrated along with Aflatoun week. The event was marked by the participation of ten schools and community centers who organized events and activities during the week.

Children and youth had the opportunity to visit various financial institutions like banks and money museums. Through these practical activities, children were encouraged to receive more knowledge on economy. Students from the participating schools could understand the significance of managing money by the creation of drawings, cartoons and role-plays.

Research-group activities were organized where children could understand the usage of money through comparison of prices of the same stationery in different outlets such as markets and stationery shops. Children could also learn how to manage money in everyday life by learning strategies on bargaining and negotiation of prices.

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