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Celebrations kick off worldwide to mark Aflatoun Day and Global Money Week with Dutch Queen Máxima

Posted in News on March 30, 2017

Children, partners and teachers worldwide will celebrate Aflatoun Day on 30 March, the annual event marking the strong international network delivering social and financial education to millions.
This year’s Aflatoun Day has a special kick off during Child & Youth Finance International’s Global Money Week event in the Netherlands organised in cooperation with Aflatoun International and the Money Wise Platform.

Many activities will take place around the world, including the worldwide Skype call connecting 62 schools in 31 countries where Aflatoun children, youth and teachers discuss issues, exchange ideas and have ample space for curiosity questions. Other celebratory events will take place to mark Aflatoun Day, like workshops, markets and plays.

When Dutch Queen Máxima kicks off GMW and Aflatoun Day in the Netherlands, various festivities take place worldwide. The celebrations form an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of social and financial education, connecting children across the world to participate in a conversation about money, well-being and their community.

As the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development and honorary patron of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, Queen Máxima is a leading global voice advancing universal access to affordable, effective and safe financial services.

“All over the world we see children getting into financial difficulties, also in the Netherlands. It is essential they receive high-quality financial education, providing them with the necessary skills to create a sustainable future. On Aflatoun Day, we celebrate the power of this concept, together with our partners in more than 100 countries, supported by Queen Máxima”, said Aflatoun International CEO Roeland Monasch.

Moderated by renowned Dutch TV presenter and global traveler Floortje Dessing, the event includes an interactive Trip Around the World in which children who follow Aflatoun classes in various countries share their experiences with money and address the issue: does money make you happy?

During various interactive workshops, school students will focus on key themes such as saving and borrowing, digital payments, tools for entrepreneurs, and social and financial education. In the afternoon, international stakeholders will join a round table discussion on Digital Finance and Consumer Protection Implications for Youth.

About Aflatoun International
Aflatoun International is an NGO based in Amsterdam offering social and financial education to millions of children and young people worldwide, empowering them to make a positive change for a sustainable future. Through a strong network of almost 200 partner organisations and 28 governments Aflatoun International reaches 4 million children and young people each year in more than 100 countries. Aflatoun’s social & financial education allows children and young people to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and inequality, turning dependence into independence.

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