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Haiti - Education : Towards the integration of social and financial education in schools
Workshop organized at the initiative of the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH), in partnership with the Ministry of National Education (MENFP), the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and AFLATOUN (an international firm, specializing in social and financial education).
With the ongoing curricular reform projects, the BRH, the MENFP and the MEF believe that it is necessary to introduce economic and financial concepts into school curricula.
In his opening remarks, Nesmy Manigat, the Minister of National Education judged the importance of such an approach, the purpose of which is to bring the Haitian citizen to endorse the notions related to finance and the economy, emphasizing "[...] it is first important to ensure that all of our children take part in a process of inclusion. That children be integrated, beyond their school careers, into a process that should lead them to truly participate in the social and economic life of Haiti."
According to Michel Patrick Boivert, the Minister of the Economy "[...] with this initiative, each student will be able to understand the need to earn money, to plan and rationalize their expenses, to make savings, while thinking the risks that could threaten its assets."
Jean Baden Dubois, Governor of the Central Bank, welcomed the holding of this workshop "At the dawn of the 2022 summer school holidays, here we are once again, as part of the implementation of the financial education, gathered to define together new orientations for the integration of educational content on economics and finance in the school curriculum. This, for a more complete education of our children who must be ready to face the many challenges of our time, to engage in the prosperity of our country, while being responsible citizens."
A follow-up committee for the recommendations of this workshop has been set up. Let's recall that this partnership between the MENFP and the BRH is based on three main documents : the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (SNIF), the National Strategy for Financial Education (SNEF) and the National Plan for Financial Education (PNEF).