Aflatoun International Holds National Advocacy Meeting on Financial Education

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Participants of the Aflatoun International, National Advocacy Meeting on Financial Education in Nigeria.
By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
The programme manager, Anglophone Africa, Aflatoun International, Letshani Sithandiwe Ndlovu has called on all necessary stakeholders to join hands in order to eradicate poverty and  empower the Nigerian youths to enable them stand on their own.
Ndlovu said, if such call is taking seriously, it will enable Nigerian youths to know their rights and  responsibilities to  start their own enterprises.
The Programme Manager made the call at a one-day Advocacy Programme in Abuja, organised by Aflatoun International and Linking the Youth of Nigeria through Exchange (LYNX).
Ndlovu went further to  called for the diversification of the means of educating Nigerian youths to become financial literate.
Also speaking, the representative of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Abubakar Albasu emphasised on the infusion of some elements of financial education into the school curriculum.
Albasu noted that the relevance of financial inclusion cannot be over emphasized, adding that the CBN will welcome any partnership that will contribute to the learning of financial education using approaches outside of the school curriculum.
He said the CBN and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have partnered for many years to reach out to youths using the youth service period to teach financial education especially in agriculture in rural areas.
The Executive Director, LYNX- Nigeria, Nanre Nafziger-Mayegun, who called for the collaboration of relevant agencies and government in order to address these urgent and pressing issues, said children and young people bear the brunt of the burden when a nation’s stability is at stake.
Earlier,  the National Progamme Officer, LYNX Nigeria, Ganiyu Ibikunle ‎revealed that the organisation has trained over 30,000 youths in Nigeria from 2004 to date.
Ibikunle called for more partnership from other government agencies and corporate bodies to ensure that more youths in the country are educated on finances in order to enable them to use innovative methods of saving, prudence, accountability and financial management to learn social and financial responsibility.
Representative of the National Education Resource and Development Council (NERDC), Margaret Uwanyi added her voice that  due to the importance of financial literacy among youths, the council has approved the inclusion of some elements of financial education in the country’s school curriculum.

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