Global Money Week (27 March - 2 April 2017)
Skopje, 27 March 2017
Press release of the NBRM
The Coordinating Body of the Regulatory Authorities for Financial Education in Macedonia consisted of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, the Ministry of Finance, the Insurance Supervision Agency, MAPAS and the Securities and Exchange Commission, in cooperation with the Bureau for Development of the Education and the Association of Microfinance Organizations, on 27 March 2017, mark the beginning of the Global Money Week (27 March - 2 April).
On this first day of the Global Money Week, there were organized visits from four primary and secondary schools from Skopje on the premises of all five regulators (the National Bank, the Ministry of Finance, the Insurance Supervision Agency, MAPAS and the Securities and Exchange Commission) and the Macedonian Stock Exchange, the Money Museum at the National Bank, one pension fund, investment fund, commercial bank, savings house and insurance company. For the first time in Macedonia this type of activities are organized on a larger scale, and the purpose of these activities is to raise the level of financial literacy among the young population in Macedonia. During the visits, educational lectures are conducted on topics in the field of the institutions they cover and work on, i.e. in the field of money, savings, trading, banking sector, investment, insurance, pension sector and other topics related to the functioning of the financial systems. The visits are being conducted with recognizable, marked educational buses.The Global Money Week in Macedonia is planned to be celebrated in several days, i.e. on 29 March visits to schools in the cities Veles and Negotino, on 5 April visits in the cities Tetovo and Gostivar and on 7 April organized visits to schools in the cities Ohrid and Struga, while on 19 April for the official closing of the events, a major event will be organized in the City Park and will be attended by the institutions that lead these activities in the first place and the financial institutions from the entire financial sector. The Global Money Week, organized by the Child and Youth Finance International, is being held worldwide since 2012, within which over 4000 activities are held, involving more than 6 million children and young people in more than 130 countries and more than 1000 organizations and institutions. This global initiative raises awareness among young people through learning about how money works, including savings, employment and entrepreneurship. Every year, young people discuss, read and learn about the economic and financial systems through various activities carried out by state institutions. The purpose of the Child and Youth Finance International is to encourage young people to invest in their future, stressing the importance of early financial education, which will help them become aware of their financial rights, facilitate access to financial services and develop their financial skills. The theme for this year of the Global Money Week is "Learn! Save! Earn!", with the purpose young people to learn to save for their future.The Child and Youth Finance International marks the official start of the Global Money Week together with the Central Bank of Germany (Deutsche Bundesbank), by visiting pupils from primary schools in Germany in the Central Bank of Germany and the Money Museum. Among other things, on 30 March, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will address on the occasion of the Global Money Week in the Visitors' Centre in the Central Bank of the Netherlands and will promote the document Safer Payment Products for Minors - guiding minors towards financial autonomy.
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