OVER 2,000 STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN JA MORE THAN MONEY PROGRAMME
JAI in partnership with HSBC Holdings plc has relaunched its More than Money programme to increase levels of financial capability – starting at an early age. The primary school initiative will be rolled out by 60 business volunteers to over 2,000 students across Ireland and introduces young children to financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills. To launch the financial programme, over 20 local primary school students were invited to HSBC in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, to see how a real business works.
The JA More than Money programme teaches students the key differences among earning, saving, and spending; strengthens their money-management skills; and helps them to better understand the role and importance of money in their lives. HSBC’s support of the programme is part of the bank’s global focus on developing Future Skills. This includes increasing levels of financial capability and supporting initiatives that give people the skills, attitudes and tools needed to manage their finances and make the most of their money.
Alan Duffy, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Banking at HSBC, underlined HSBC’s focus and commitment to the programme by commenting: “We’re always delighted at HSBC to be able to play a significant part in shaping future business leaders and helping students explore and enhance their career aspirations. A positive attitude towards finance and a greater understanding of money management can offer huge opportunities to the children taking part in this programme. The More than Money programme is a great initiative that shows the benefit of early engagement through hands on activities and we’re very happy to support it any way we can.”
“Finance today is more complicated than it has ever been. Knowledge about saving accounts is only a small part of what it means to be financially literate, and the options for saving, investing, and borrowing can be overwhelming,” said Helen Raftery, CEO, Junior Achievement Ireland. “This is why programmes like Junior Achievement’s More than Money initiative can have such a profound impact by not only equipping students with basic financially literacy and money-management skills, but also empowering them to succeed in today’s evolving, global economy.”