Scotiabank Teaches Economics for Success in Local Secondary Schools
60 Barbadian schoolchildren are now more financially educated and empowered, thanks to Scotiabank and the Junior Achievement (JA) program.
Students from the Springer Memorial School, Harrison College and the Christ Church Foundation School recently became the first to graduate from Scotiabank’s JA Economics for Success Program. Through hands-on classroom activities, students in the program explored personal finance and their education and career options based on their skills, interests and values. The program also highlighted the economic benefits of staying in school. The program was conducted by Scotiabank employees who volunteered their time to go into the schools and run the financial education sessions.
The program is part of Scotiabank’s commitment as a regional partner of Junior Achievement which started in July 2012 when a three year memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the two entities. Under the MOU, Scotiabank, along with JA, will make financial literacy and life skills courses available to more than 14,000 students across the Caribbean and Central America. The courses will give students a basic understanding of the principles of finance and practical advice on budgeting, planning and money management. Scotiabank employees from across these 12 countries will volunteer their time to go into these schools and run more than 400 sessions.