Allianz Malaysia takes 70 children on a fun Global Money Week field trip
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Allianz Malaysia Berhad brought 70 children on a fun visit to the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery on 19 and 20 March 2018 in conjunction with the Global Money Week 2018 celebration.
Themed “Money Matters Matter”, Global Money Week, held this year from 12 March to 18 March, is celebrated worldwide by more than 13,000 organisations in 132 countries. Coordinated and led by Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI), a non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, Global Money Week celebration aims to raise awareness on financial education and to empower the next generation to be confident, responsible and financially savvy citizens.
“At Allianz Malaysia, financial literacy is one of our core corporate responsibility initiatives. Apart from carrying out the My Finance Coach programme in schools all year round, being part of Global Money Week over the last five years has enabled us to highlight the importance of financial education among young people and incorporate some fun-filled elements around the topic,” said Ng Siew Gek, Head of Allianz4Good of Allianz Malaysia.
“This year, we brought 40 children from Pusat Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary and 30 children from Lighthouse Children Welfare Home aged between six and 17 years old for a visit to the BNM Museum and Art Gallery to learn about money and its origins. Through this event, we hope to raise awareness and instil an interest in young people on the topic of financial management. We hope that through our initiatives we are able to encourage children to develop a keen sense of money management and sound financial habits from a young age,” added Siew Gek.
During the field trip, the children attended a talk on “Apa Itu Wang", presented by the Assistant Curator of the BNM Museum and Art Gallery. The children also participated in the “Si Kijang Puzzle Race” game before going on a tour around the museum and all its six galleries.
Beginning with the Art Gallery, the children viewed an exhibition of artwork from artists across the ASEAN region. They were also able to discover the history of money at the Numismatic Gallery, and explore Malaysian history at a special exhibition commemorating 60 years of Malaysian independence. At the Bank Negara Malaysia Gallery, Islamic Finance Gallery and Economics Gallery, the children were able to learn about the history of Bank Negara Malaysia, explore Islamic concepts of commerce and Malaysia’s financial systems. The children were able to participate in interactive games and activities and also learnt how to make banknotes at the Children’s Gallery.
Allianz Malaysia has implemented My Finance Coach, a financial literacy programme since 2012 in schools and youth organisations around the country. Founded in Germany in 2010 by partner companies Allianz, Grey and McKinsey, the My Finance Coach programme is aimed at creating a generation of smart consumers, and improving the money management skills of young people. In Malaysia, the programme has since reached over 10,800 students in over 100 schools and non-profit organisations.