We believe financial education addresses basic human needs and how people satisfy those needs. As a result of this commonality, many of the tools and resources provided on this site will be helpful to people and organizations around the world.
At the same time, every culture and every nation have their own unique values, traditions, and financial practices. That is the basis for Kids’ Money International. In this area, we will provide information and links to global public and private initiatives, programs, workshops, and materials.
Please let us know of initiatives, programs, workshops, and materials in your country. The success of Kids’ Money International depends on your input. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
Aflatoun provides children with the building blocks of life, encouraging them to save their resources and start social and financial microenterprises.
Child & Youth Finance International
ChildFinance seeks to provide a link between children and financial systems by introducing children to basic financial principles through education as well as increasing their access to financial products and services, and, inversely, creating a greater sensitivity within the financial community towards child-friendly practices.
The YouthSave Consortium works with one financial institution and one research partner in four countries – Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Nepal – to achieve its three primary objections:
- Deliver sustainable savings programs for low-income youth (12-18).
- Document the uptake, savings outcomes, and impacts of these youth savings accounts on clients and financial institutions.
- Sharing findings and lessons learned on their website.
Junior Achievement Worldwide
JA seeks to prepare and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy with nearly 150 U.S. offices and International Members in nearly 100 countries. Links to local contacts and websites are listed under individual countries below. JA Worldwide is a partnership between the business community, educators, and volunteers — all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. They use hands-on, experiential programs to teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy to approximately 8 million students a year all over the world. Their age-appropriate curricula begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers, and consumers. JA programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for future economic and workforce issues they’ll face. Most programs are distributed globally.
Making Cents International
Builds and strengthens the youth enterprise and livelihoods sector by creating learning opportunities and networks – resulting in stronger partnerships, programs, and policies that support young entrepreneurs.
Operation HOPE: Banking On Our Future
A global delivery system for financial education for youth ages 9-18 at no cost to school districts, with a focus on urban, under-served communities. The program consists of five modules:
- Basics of Banking and Financial Services
- Checking & Savings Accounts
- The Power of Credit
- Basic Investments
Taught by volunteer HOPE Corp members.
Global Financial Education Program
Arms young people (ages 16 – 22) with new knowledge and skills, making them more able to not only manage day-to-day expenses and risks, and to also plan ahead for life cycle needs, enter the workforce and take advantage of economic opportunities. Content Notes offer additional insight into the program.
European Commission: Financial Literacy
Includes links to and information on the:
- European Database for Financial Education
- Expert Group on Financial Education
- Communication on Financial Education
- Conference on “Increasing Financial Capability
European Banking Federation: Financial Education
The report covers a broad spectrum of initiatives taken by EBF members and their member banks. Projects range from websites teaching basic skills in financing – targeted at an audience from 5-7 years old to university-level education, and projects with a more hands-on approach for the aged population.
INJAZ al-Arab harnesses the mentorship of Arab business leaders to help inspire a culture of entrepreneurialism and business innovation among Arab youth. Operating in 12 countries across the Middle East and North Africa region, INJAZ al-Arab is a confederation of national operations collaborating with corporate volunteers and Ministries of Education to provide experiential education and training to Arab youth in work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. INJAZ al-Arab is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide.
South African Savings Institute
This lesson plan aims to take the savings message to young South Africans, equipping them with the basic financial skills to help them become better savers now and in the future. Volunteers from the financial sector exchange their boardrooms for classrooms and deliver 30 minutes to 1-hour lessons to learners in Grades 4-7 in schools. Volunteers use their work experience to inspire learners to become lifelong savers.
South African Institute for Entrepreneurship
Provides a wealth of materials for educators, trainers, and community-based organizations to help them develop business skills and discover entrepreneurial talent in young people while guaranteeing a sustainable economy and wealth creation.
Museum of the National Bank of Belgium
In the Bank’s museum, you can get to know all about the history of means of payment, the role and importance of money in the economy, the tasks and activities of the National Bank within the new European framework, the features of euro banknotes, and, finally, money as a cultural phenomenon.
Programs include MyBnk-in-a-Box, Money Twist Workshops, Ideas Generator Workshop, Savvy Savers Assembly, Uni Dosh, Money Works and Business Battle. These programs allow young people to learn by doing.