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"Economy: Knowledge with Value!" The 9th year of Citi’s Educational Program of Citi to elementary schools.

 

Athens, February 26th, 2013.

The educational program “Economy: Knowledge with Value” is implemented for the 9th consecutive year from January tol May 2013, in public and private elementary schools of Attica, with Citi’s initiative and support and in partnership with the Hellenic Children Museum. The program’s aim is to familiarize children with basic concepts of the Economy that affect their daily lives through creative playing, in order for them to grow into educated citizens who manage their financials effectively. This year, approximately 4,250  elementary school students will attend the program. Moreover, for the first time, the program will culminate with an exhibition that will be held in the Hellenic Children’s Museum at the end of the school year. The exhibition will present the projects of the participating students and their ideas for solutions to hot issues that relate to the Economy.

This year, the program is more timely than ever, asproven by the information collected by the Hellenic Children’s Museum. Compared to previous years, children seem to be more affected by the situation that their families or surroundings are facing, while they have a better understanding of the financial terms and concepts that are now used in the everyday lives. Moreover, younger students appear much more conscious of the ‘right’ way to shop and of making the best out of the family budget, which is given to them during the relevant role-playing game. Older elementary school students of 5th and 6th grade, who are called to comment on social problems, appear to be more sensitive and ready to propose solutions to these problems.

At the same time, the educators embrace further the importance of such initiatives. As per the quote of a teacher from an elementary school at Piraeus that participated in the program in January: “Free educational programs are highly valuable to public elementary schools. The educational program on financial education offers useful experiences to children, who may otherwise not have been able to take part, should they have needed to pay”.

In the 8 years of its life so far, the program has run in more than 2,000 educational school classes with the participation of 54,000 elementary school students and 550 Citi employees, who have volunteered to support the Hellenic Children Museum educators.

 
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