Lagos, August 12, 2016- As part of efforts to remain at the forefront of delivering on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s financial inclusion mandate, Heritage Bank took the opportunity during this holiday break to implement one of its Financial Literacy initiatives by conducting a workshop for children.
The Financial Literacy Holiday Workshop, titled, “Edutainment Resource for Children and Young Persons,” engaged children between the ages of 8 and 11 during the long school break from Monday 8th through to Friday 12th August 2016.
The highlights of the workshop, which marked the maiden edition included financial literacy coaching presentation skills, creative writing, practical sessions, movie outing and other exciting treats.
Addressing the children in Lagos, the Executive Director, Abuja and North Directorate, Corporate Banking of the bank, Ola Olabinjo, explained that the goal of the Financial Literacy program is to secure the future and empower the Nigerian child and youth to make informed decisions about finances and wealth creation so they can take action to improve their present and long-term financial well-being.
He, however, stressed that financial education is a key success indicator for socio-economic development, adding that the bank believes in empowering the youth with requisite skills to make solid financial decisions in adult years.
In a bid to help the children to understand the nitty-gritty of the banking profession especially for those who indicated interest in the career, Olabinjo, advised them to maintain integrity, good character, decent dressing and fear of God.
He equally educated the children on mobile and e-payment platforms, saying that digital electronics is the future.
Chidera Duru, one of the beneficiary of the Financial Literacy Holiday Workshop, thanked the bank for its support, while saying that she has learnt a lot on the need to imbibe savings culture, how to read account statements and other educating aspect of the banking career.
According to her, the bank should make internet banking applications for kids on BUD account available.
A facilitator at the workshop, the Group Head, Customer Experience and Analytics of Heritage, Kikanwa Akpenyi, hinted that as a maiden edition, the program was set to kick start a community of financially literate young customers, as she said the future editions promise to be just as impactful..