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.
Attending the event were around 40 important stakeholders for the dissemination of Financial Education in the country, such as representatives of the National Bank, the Ministry of Education, the National Association of Banks and the National Association of Insurance Providers. The event was also inagurated by Mr. S. Kalechits, Deputy Governor of the National Bank.
CYFI presented the overview of the various models of curriculum integration, Economic Citizenship Education Framework, as well as shared the examples of national financial literacy standards and its contents and formulation process in the countries of Visegrad Group like Slovakia and Czech Republic.
Moreover, other speakers, including the experience of the the Institute of Educational Sciences of Moldova, about the country’s case on cross-curriculum integration of social and financial education; from the Central Bank of Brazil, about the country’s case on cross-curriculum integration of financial education; and from Ukraine’s University of Banking, about the country’s experience on integrating financial education as a separate subject in high schools in Ukraine. Participants also had a chance to take part in the interactive discussion, share their experience with innovative financial literacy projects in schools that they are piloting in different regions of the country, and discuss various methods and models and the way forward for the curriculum integration process.
The seminar received a very positive response from the National Bank and the Ministry of Education of Belarus, and by the end of the seminar two institutions defined the next steps for continuing the intensive process of integration of core elements of economic citizenship education in the school curriculum. The seminar was covered in the media and more information can be found on the national financial literacy portal.
On the next day, May 26th Youth Entrepreneurship Support and Development Centre (YESDC), CYFI partner in the Flagship project, together with CYFI and Aflatoun organized a seminar for teachers and civil society organizations’ representatives at the National Youth Palace in Minsk. The seminar was aimed to disseminate information about the project and the possible models for delivering financial education in Belorussian schools, using the international experience of other countries. The intensive training on using Aflateen program as one of the methods to deliver financial and social education to children was conducted for more than 25 participants.