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Latest news and articles from Child & Youth Finance and the CYF Movement Network

International seminar on curriculum integration & teacher training in Minsk – Visegrad project

Within the framework of the project supported by Visegrad 4 Eastern Partnership Program – Flagship projects of the International Visegrad Fund, CYFI together with the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus, hosted a seminar on 25 May 2016, in Minsk devoted to the integration of Financial and Economic Citizenship Education content in the school curriculum in Belarus, presenting internationally accepted models and experiences from other countries.

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National strategies of financial education – The way forward with youth

Creating national strategies to develop financial literacy amongst children and youth is key to the financial inclusion of young people. By listening to the experiences and needs of young people, decision-makers can develop strategies which are child and youth-friendly and support young people in shaping a positive future for themselves.

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Towards the national approach to financial literacy of young people in Bulgaria

CYFI network partner Financial Literacy Initiative Foundation in Bulgaria has been keeping busy, organizing activities and widening its network in order to increase financial literacy for young people in Bulgaria.

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GSRD Foundation supports Systems Change in Asia

CYFI is delighted to announce a generous grant from GSRD Foundation (G-Star RAW Denim) to support the Child & Youth Finance Movement’s work around systems change in Asia.

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CYFI Network Star: Araceli González Rolón

As part of GMW 2016 Araceli develop a workshop with Fundación Paraguaya and Special Olympics in San Miguel, a special educational needs school in Guarambaré City, Paraguay.

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Keeping an EYE on the financial future of youth!

CYFI was delighted to be taking part in the second European Youth Event (EYE)! The EYE took place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg from 20-21 May 2016 and offered a unique opportunity for thousands of young Europeans to make their voices heard.

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Conference on public-private partnership in financial education in Moscow

The international conference on the potential and opportunities for public-private partnership in financial education, organized by the Ministry of Finance of Russian Federation, took place in Moscow, Russia on May 19th.

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CYFI supports supports financial literacy in Colombia with YouthSave

Child & Youth Finance International was invited by the YouthSave consortium to present on SchoolBank during the official presentation of the YouthSave Colombia results.

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Exploring New Frontiers in Youth Microfinance

CYFI had the pleasure of hosting the panel at the 18th Microcredit Summit in Abu Dhabi on Reshaping the Future of Youth Finance and Economic Citizenship. The panel was held during Global Money Week (GMW) 2016 with CYFI and the Microcredit Summit Campaign forming a strategic media partnership to promote both the Summit and GMW during the week of March 14-18th.

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Jeroo Billimoria speaks about the power of Associations

CYFI’s Found and Executive Director, Jeroo Billimoria, joined Associations from across the globe to speak at the Associations World Congress in Berlin on April 11.

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The Promise of Youth Savings Groups

The long awaited report on the Youth Savings Group (YSG) Model from the Banking on Change (BOC) project has provided a valuable resource to the youth finance industry.

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CYFI Network Stars: Tumelo Sejo Boitumelo

This month, we are highlighting the efforts of Tumelo Sejo Boitumelo, a student at the University of Botswana who is active around financial literacy for young people in Botswana. Keep up the great work Sejo!

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National Financial Education Strategies Training for CYFI South-Eastern European Working Group

Another meeting of CYFI South-East European Working Group for Child and Youth Financial Education and Financial Inclusion took place in Podgorica, Montenegro, on 6-8 April 2016, hosted by the Central Bank of Montenegro. The intensive three-day training was conducted for the members of the Working Group specifically on the process of the development of national financial education strategies. More than 25 participants from central banks, financial regulatory authorities, ministries of education from 8 countries of the region (Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia) took part in the training.

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Making Financial, Social and Entrepreneurship Education Stick in Southern Africa

South Africa has taken great strides forward in building the financial capability of its young generations through the StarSaver™ Programme. On April 7th and 8th, the South African Banking Association South Africa, together with the National Department of Basic Education and Aflatoun International, held a regional seminar to promote dialogue and strategies on how to align social education, financial literacy and entrepreneurship education in schools across the country while aligning this initiative with the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Education 2030 and various National Development Plans (NDPs) in Southern Africa.

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Parents and Kids talk Money Matters in Canada

On April 20th, more than 4,000 schools and 600,000 students in Canada will take part in the nationwide Talk With Our Kids About Money Day (TWOKAM) program.

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Training and Experience sharing between Central and Eastern European partners

Within the framework of the project supported by Visegrad 4 Eastern Partnership Program of International Visegrad Fund, CYFI together with the National Youth and Children’s Palace (Georgia) hosted a three-day Training of Trainers on 13-15 April 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Potential partnership opportunity for distribution of financial literacy materials!

Today, children and teenagers are exposed to financial informational noise in disproportionately larger volumes compared to just a few decades ago. The world is asking them to think quicker, learn quicker, make effective decisions on the go. Development of financial literacy is one of the main keys to obtaining vital life skills.

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Mobile Banking Is Calling for Youth!

Global Money Week allows us to shine a spotlight on the importance of financial inclusion for children and youth. The YouthSave consortium recently released a synthesis report on its large scale research experiment into formal savings among youth in the developing world. Youth take up an increasingly greater portion of the total population in the global South, but largely remain financially excluded. The report provides a much-needed evidence base to further the thinking on the benefits of providing youth with savings. However, many financial institutions will discover that setting up a savings product for youth in the developing world is extremely costly.

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“Children & Finance” project in Russia

A research has been conducted in Russia to access the level of financial knowledge among the country’s children and youth. This research was initiated by National Agency for Financial Studies (NAFI), under the project called ‘Children and Finance’.

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Mapping the Regional Landscape of Youth Bank Accounts in Central and Eastern Europe

CYFI are pleased to release the final version of the report “The Regional Financial Inclusion Landscape of Youth Bank Accounts: Selected country cases from Central and Eastern Europe”, written by Karina Avakyan, Bianca Isaincu and Floor Knoote.

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