The integration of social and financial education into the curricula of Haitian schools at the heart of a workshop by the BRH, the MENFP and the MEF.
The Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP), the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH), the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the firm Aflatoun International launched this Monday, May 30, 2022, the national workshop for the orientation and integration of social and financial education in the curricula in Haiti. This activity was carried out as part of the implementation of the Tripartite Agreement signed in June 2020 between Aflatoun International, the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) and the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH), led by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), which chairs the Coordinating and Monitoring Committee of the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion.
The aim of this National Workshop for the Orientation and Integration of Social and Financial Education in Education Curriculums in Haiti is to define new orientations, the integration of educational content on economics and finance in the school curriculum with a view to a more complete education, new orientations, the integrating educational content on economics and finance into the school curriculum to provide Haitian schoolchildren with tools to help them face the many challenges of the time, receive a more complete education and participate in the prosperity of the country as responsible citizens.
According to BRH Governor Jean Baden Dubois, 67% of adults worldwide do not understand the basics of finance. In Haiti, according to Finscope 2018 surveys, about 53% of adults believe they need more information about their personal finances. In addition, 51% of adults say they need financial education to save better, compared to 50% to invest better. The level of financial exclusion is estimated at 46%, but only 11% of the population has a bank account.
For example, the governor of the central bank points out that the financial education of the public is becoming a necessity. Given the expertise of central banks in this area, it is quite natural for them to join forces with the ministries of formal education of their respective countries to alleviate this problem.
“In a vision of a modern and efficient central bank, area 6 of the BRH’s Global Strategic Plan (PSG) is dedicated to financial inclusion. It integrates a specific objective: “The contribution of the BRH is reflected in broadening access to financial products and services and in their correct use. “The commitment and appropriation of the National Plan for Financial Education (PNEF, Haiti 2020-2025), it is still necessary to remember, complements decisively for the achievement of the intended objectives,” he said. .
For his part, the Minister of National Education, Nesmy Manigat, who placed great emphasis on the notions of integration and social and financial inclusion of Haitian schoolchildren, expressed the wish that Haitian children be exposed to basic concepts from kindergarten to the fundamentals of the economy. and financial laws. For him, the four million students will be citizens who will have to pay, buy, pay taxes…
He also insisted on the need to rethink the curriculum, teaching methods and actions towards the continuous training of teachers to combat early school leaving and the high failure rate (only 3% of students who arrive at university) in the country. to do. The holder of the MENFP reminded that the Haitian school is not working, so there must be a profound change.
The Minister of Economy and Finance, Michel Patrick Boisvert, recalled that this approach aims to “raise awareness, participation and inclusion of all girls and sons of the country in the activities of the country with economic and financial resources through of an understanding of the available ways and means and equal access to the available tools and instruments. Everyone will therefore have the right to function in the country, according to his capacities, interests and needs”.
“Education provides an opportunity for fellow citizens who from an early age will be able to develop a financial culture, a curiosity regarding the economy, finances in general and the public finances of the country in particular, and a certain ability to make good choices both individually and collectively”, according to the holder of the MEF.
For the representative of the international company specializing in the development of the curriculum for financial education, “Aflatoun International”, Lama Lazbeck, this workshop is the first phase of activities to integrate social and financial education into the curricula of primary education in Haiti and is part of the operationalization of the Tripartite Agreement.
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