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2021 Trinidad and Tobago Global Money Week

GMW NATIONAL COORDINATOR:

  • The National Financial Education Committee (NFEC)

PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS:

  • The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago via The National Financial Literacy Programme (NFLP), The Financial Literacy Secretariat - Tobago House of Assembly, Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT), The Association of Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Companies (ATTIC), Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute (TTII), The Co-operative Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago (CCULTT), The Office of the Financial Services Ombudsman (OFSO), Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange (TTSE), Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission (TTSEC), The Mutual Fund Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MFATT), Ministry of Education, 6 schools

TOTAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS:

  • 16

NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE REACHED DIRECTLY:

  • 250

NUMBER OF ADULTS REACHED DIRECTLY:

  • 250

NUMBER OF PEOPLE REACHED INDIRECTLY:

  • 500

Through the National Financial Education Committee, Trinidad and Tobago joined Global Money Week 2021 during March 22nd-26th. This year the Committee and its members planned several online events and activities.

The Office of the Financial Services Ombudsman and the National Financial Literacy Programme presented a walk tour through the Central Bank Museum, hosted by the Central Bank Museum Curator. Participants learnt about the history of money, how money is made and more. The Central Bank Governor gave a short video presentation on the role of the Central Bank.

The Bankers’ Association of Trinidad and Tobago, BATT, virtually welcomed 226 students from different primary schools: Curepe Presbyterian Primary School, Montrose Government Primary School, Sacred Heart Girls R.C., Sangre Grande Government Primary School, and Siparia Road K.P.A. Primary School. The virtual event was hosted by a media personality, who led fun interactive sessions, including a financial education puzzle challenge to help children understand the importance of basic financial education topics such as saving, budgeting, investing and entrepreneurship. Prizes were given to all participating schools and the top ten students from the financial education puzzle. The students also enjoyed watching a film featuring the media personality and his thoughts on entrepreneurship.

Throughout the week, The Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission (TTSEC) engaged the public by creating new and engaging content for social media audiences. These included video tutorials on “3 Steps to Taking Care of your Money”, “Goal Setting – Completing your Goal Card Setting SMART Goals”, “Budgeting – How to do your own Budget”, “Saving Tips – Creating your own personalised Saving Jar/Box”, and “Investing – Posted in Story, on Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds.” The TTSEC also launched and premiered a video on Facebook and Instagram – on Friday, March 26th, to highlight the TTSEC’s Investor Education Website and Online Course – InvestucateTT.com. and the video titled, “The Little Investigator.” Additionally, the TTSEC developed and produced three videos on ‘Youth Voices’, which answered three specific questions for GMW2021: Why do you think it’s important to take care of money?, How do you take care of your money in these times?, What more do you want to learn about money? All videos were promoted from March, 22nd-31st. Over 143,900 people were reached with these videos on social media.

Lastly, the TTSEC Conducted a Virtual Investor Education Outreach Session for over 200 students at the Bishops Anstey High School and Trinity East College Secondary School (BATCE).

The National Financial Education Committee members hosted the “Building Financial Resilience in Our Youth” webinar. Members of the committee discussed the importance of building the awareness of financial responsibility for children and young adults as well as their active role in financial matters at home. They believe that this type of reinforcement at home will enhance their financial capability and financial well-being as adults.


2019 Trinidad and Tobago Global Money Week

LEADING ORGANISATIONS:

  • Connect the Dots
  • National Financial Education Committee (NFEC) - The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago

PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS:

  • 21 Schools, Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Co-operative Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago, Drama Making a Difference (DMAD), Ministry of Education, Office of the Financial Services Ombudsman, Scribbles and Quills Ltd (Bookstore), The Association of Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Companies, Tobago House of Assembly- Financial Literacy Secretariat, Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute, Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission, Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED DIRECTLY:

  • 609

NUMBER OF PEOPLE REACHED INDIRECTLY:

  • 1 609

National Financial Education Committee (NFEC) - The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
In Trinidad and Tobago, Global Money Week 2019 was organised by the National Financial Education Committee (NFEC), with four main events. The first event was hosted by the Tobago House of Assembly – Financial Literacy Secretariat (THA-FLS), and included a 45-minute interactive theater play, which highlighted responsible financial behaviour. Following this, the THA-FLS organised a youth financial education exposition, which included approximately twenty booths and the Money City Center, which featured several financial education fames. The students were also given the opportunity to engage with committee members, representatives of financial institutions, and successful young entrepreneurs from Tobago. For the second event, the Financial Literacy Team from Tobago visited Trinidad for a tour of major financial business and institutions. Students were exposed to the operations of local government and were given a tour of the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. They also visited the Central Bank’s Money Museum. The students got a closer look of how entrepreneurship can be used to build wealth for multiple generations. During the third event, students from Trinidad schools were invited by the National Financial Education Committee to visit the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. At the Central Bank, the students learnt about the importance of good money habits, through interactive theater plays. Each school was given a guided tour through the Central Bank’s museum, to learn about the history of money, the evolution and security features of money, as well as economic concepts, such as inflation. The final event was composed of the financial education exposition, where students learnt about responsible financial behaviour, through an interactive theater play, followed by a financial education exposition, where they participated in interactive sessions and education games. The students also competed in the “Bring Your Lyrics and Come” competition, organised by the Banker’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago. The competition was on the theme “Learn.Save.Earn”, where children competed in spoken word, poetry, rap, and calypso.

Connect the Dots
During GMW2019 celebrations Aisha Acres, the author and owner of ‘Connect The Dots’ launched her 2nd book "Mike's Mission" at Scribbles and Quills Bookstore. There were 15 children in attendance, with 9 of them aged 6 and over. Aisha read several chapters from her book. The children also played Coin Toss to see who could get the most coins in the alien's mouth, and another Money Game: Save or Spend. colouring activity was organised for the younger children. The winner of these games received ‘The Money Adventures of Mike Murray and Friends’ story and activity books.


2018 Trinidad and Tobago Global Money Week

LEADING ORGANISATIONS:

  • Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (National Financial Literacy Programme)
  • Connect the Dots

PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS

  • Arts-In- Action, Association of Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Companies, Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Briggs Preparatory School, Co-operative Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago, Diamond Vale Government Primary School, Financial Literacy Secretariat- Tobago House of Assembly, Ministry of Education, Office of the Financial Services Ombudsman, Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute, Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission, Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, YTEPP Limited, 14 schools in Trinidad, 9 schools in Tobago

NUMBER OF CHILDREN REACHED DIRECTLY:

  • 570

NUMBER OF PEOPLE REACHED INDIRECTLY:

  • 100

Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (National Financial Literacy Programme)
Throughout Global Money Week 2018, the National Financial Education Committee reached 500 young people through the Financial Education Expositions held in Trinidad and Tobago. The event was organised by the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago through their National Financial Literacy Programme. The Exposition was comprised of a short video presentation and a theatrical production, highlighting various financial literacy topics, such as setting financial goals, savings, budgeting and planning for the future. The first exposition was held at the Victor E Bruce Financial Complex in Tobago, where approximately 200 students between the ages of 15 and 19 were received. Following this, the second exposition was held in Trinidad and was attended by fourteen secondary schools, reaching out to approximately 300 students of the same age. Additionally, students interacted with participating financial institutions to gain knowledge to empower them to make responsible financial decisions. They were given opportunity to improve their financial awareness through interactive games and discussions. Students from Tobago visited Trinidad where they were hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission and the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.

Connect the Dots
During GMW2018, the founder of Connect the Dots, Aisha Acres, visited two primary schools to read from her publication “The Money Adventures of Mike Murray and Friends.” The book explores core financial literacy topics such as saving and budgeting, but also exposes children to the power of goalsetting, determination and persistence. Approximately 70 children participated in the interactive reading - asking questions and summarizing the lessons they learnt. At the Diamond Vale Government Primary School, Ms. Acres spoke at the school assembly, where all students were present. During the assembly the students were told about Global Money Week celebrations and the importance of understanding money. Diamond Vale Government Primary is eager to have Ms. Acres back and the principal, Mr. Weekes, wholeheartedly supports financial education initiatives.