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Students get trained in financial literacy

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Michelle Meek Davis (red shirt) interacts with students at Gaynstead High during a session on financial literacy last month.

Volunteers from Scotiabank travelled to nine schools across the island in April, which was observed as Financial Literacy Month, to share the importance of financial literacy.

Junior Achievement Jamaica partnered with the bank to present a Financial Education Programme to Grade 8 and 9.

Classes on personal budgeting and savings plans were taught at the Sydney Pagon Agricultural School St Elizabeth; Brown's Town High St Ann Old Harbour High School St Catherine; Rusea's High School Hanover; Belmont Academy Westmoreland; John Mills Junior High and Gaynstead High St Andrew; Tacky High School St Mary; and Denbigh High School Clarendon.




"Educating young people to take control of their financial future is important," said Yanique Forbes Patrick, vice-president, marketing, at Scotiabank. "Developing financial literacy in our youth is vital in ensuring healthy relationships with money, and, in the future, will be beneficial to their personal success and to the success of the county."

According to Kalace Titus Reid, who spent the day teaching at Rusea's High School: "It was a great day, but it was very exhausting. I lift my hat off to teachers. The children were very appreciative and sincere about how much the session meant to them."

Titus Reid said that the students learnt the concepts and that they had a much clearer idea about finances and career decisions. "They were very involved and participation was at the maximum," she added.