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Allianz Malaysia conducted a special My Finance Coach cum Road Safety class at its Alor Setar branch, Head Office and Kota Bharu branch on 20, 24 and 28 November 2015 respectively. These classes were held especially for employees’ and agents’ children in conjunction with Universal Children’s Day.

The classes which reached out to 80 children in total began with a quick ice breaking session followed by a My Finance Coach lesson. The lesson included differentiating between needs and wants, recognising tools used in advertisements and learning about the different buying criteria that influence decision-making as consumers.  As part of the lesson, a Mobile Role Play was conducted with participants divided into five groups to discuss and form arguments based on the role and guidelines given to them. The role play aims to cultivate critical thinking skills within each individual using the knowledge they learned during the My Finance Coach lesson.

This was then followed by a Road Safety class that focuses on three main topics namely; pedestrian safety, vehicle safety and basic road signs. These were taught using various activities such as quizzes, educational videos, giant puzzles and road safety sign games.

Through the lesson, children learned the importance of staying safe on the road based on the Road Safety Tips booklet which was developed internally by Allianz Malaysia with consultation from Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan Raya (JKJR).  The booklet, which was given to each participant at the end of the class, provides handy tips on road safety and serves as a reminder of the lesson.  Additionally, the children also received reflective wristbands incorporated with the message “Be Safe, Be Seen”

 “We believe that it is crucial for young people to learn about wise spending habits as well as good road safety knowledge from an early age. With this in mind, since 2011, we have rolled out My Finance Coach classes and Road Safety campaigns in schools throughout the country.  As this year’s Universal Children’s Day fall within the school holidays, we thought it was a good opportunity to conduct My Finance Coach and Road Safety classes for the children of our employees and agents. We hope that through these lessons, the children are able to gain knowledge in both financial literacy and road safety,” said Ng Siew Gek, Head of Allianz4Good of Allianz Malaysia.

My Finance Coach is a non-profit initiative founded in Germany in 2010 by partner companies Allianz, Grey and McKinsey. It is a financial literacy programme aimed at improving the money management skills of young people. Under the My Finance Coach programme, employee volunteers trained as Finance Coaches pair up to conduct classes in schools and non-profit organisations. Classes are interactive and engaging, with students encouraged to come to their own conclusions through role play, product tests and debates, among others. By using real life examples, economics and money management is taught in a way that young people can relate to. All Finance Coaches are required to abide to the code of conduct of My Finance Coach which expressly prohibits any form of selling activities.

Locally Allianz Malaysia partnered with JKJR to organise road safety advocacy campaigns in schools, accident prone areas as well as during major festivals to create road safety awareness among students and members of the public.

Globally, Allianz partners with the FIA Foundation’s Road Safety Fund in support of the UN “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020” under the mission “Drive Safely”.

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