Children from 26 countries share social and financial skills on Aflatoun Day
Today marks Aflatoun International’s worldwide celebration of Aflatoun Day. For the 9th year children and young people across the globe are celebrating the importance of financial and social skills.
The day started with youth from ROCvA in Hilversum ringing the opening bell at Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchange, together with Board Member Joanne Kellermann. At Aflatoun’s headquarters, conference calls connected 40 partner organisations and young participants across 26 countries. From the Philippines to Tanzania, from the Netherlands to Guatemala, they all shared saving stories, experiences on how their path to financial independence is shaping and how Aflatoun programmes are helping them get there.
Aflatoun International’s CEO Roeland Monasch believes that Aflatoun Day is “more important than ever before”. He states: “At Aflatoun we believe that today’s children and youth should become empowered economic citizens, capable of understanding the importance of saving, and are equipped with the skills to be employed and create their own livelihoods. We want young people to learn to manage their money wisely. By empowering children and youth, we can help them transfer their knowledge to their families and to entire communities.”
Aflatoun Day, also the start of the Global Money Week, highlights the organisation’s key founding ideals. Through Aflatoun’s programmes, children and young people learn their rights and responsibilities and how to save and plan for their futures. They are encouraged to start their own enterprises and create positive change in their own lives and in their communities.