Tackling financial inclusion challenge in classroom

​BRUSSELS, 6 February 2017 – ​​Learning to handle one’s personal finances begins at an early age, according to a joint study released today​ by WSBI and Child and Youth Finance International.

Throughout the world, young people are first exposed to budgeting, spending and saving within their homes, amongst their peers, on the internet and as well in their communities. The classroom is another high-impact path to learn about personal finance. The new joint study points to the success of SchoolBank​, where learning takes place in the classroom in countries around the world. ​

SchoolBank: A global effort

A global effort aimed at boosting financial inclusion of children and young people through the school system, SchoolBank takes an innovative multi-stakeholder approach that includes locally focused banks and educators. To develop the next generation of economic citizens, the approach focuses on school adoption. Teachers play an important part, especially when it comes to Economic Citizenship Education (ECE).

​Through SchoolBanking, children and youth are given a Child & Youth Friendly bank account, oftentimes their first contact with a bank and first vehicle to save money. Along with the account, SchoolBank looks to impart the right education to teach them why and how to save and what their economic rights are.

Study findings: SchoolBank leads to better understanding of financial services

CYFI and WSBI are convinced that SchoolBanking promotes a better understanding and more active use of financial services through the financial education and inclusion of children and young people. The report describes the different models and approaches to SchoolBanking through the long tradition of activities carried out by WSBI members, in the past and present, as well through CYFI’s current work in this area.

Study objectives

Raise awareness and to provide an easily accessible and strong knowledge base, which will inspire and encourage additional financial institutions to become involved in SchoolBank projects around the world; and

​Highlight the role that SchoolBank can play in promoting financial inclusion for children and youth within the broader context of “Full Economic Citizenship” for the next generation, an objective that stands at the very core of the CYFI strategy and activities.

A joint effort of WSBI, its members, and CYFI

Furthermore, this publication forms part of joint activities taking place within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding concluded between CYFI and WSBI in April 2015. WSBI member banks helped greatly. Participating member banks were: German Savings Banks Association via Bildungsmedien (as part of the DSV-Group), Government Savings Bank of Thailand, Malaysia’s Bank Simpanan Nasional, Kenya Post Office Saving Bank and Banco Estado in Chile.

Why its important for policymakers

The study demonstrates to policymakers and stakeholders that SchoolBank is a proven way to inform and educate people at a young age about financial principles that they can carry with them throughout their lives.