BPFI Financial Education Stakeholder Forum29th March 2017
Banking and Payments Federation Ireland today hosted a Financial Education Stakeholder Forum bringing together a range of key stakeholders working in the financial education space. The event, held as part of European Money Week 2017, sought to enable those present to share their observations on existing activities in the field of financial education in Ireland and to consider scope for further activity.
Among those present at today’s event was Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance, Michael McGrath TD, who provided a keynote address to the forum on the importance of financial education in schools. Also present were representatives from a wide range of organisations including the Department of Education, Competition and Consumer Protection Committee, MABS, National Council for Curriculum Assessment and the Consumer Association of Ireland.
Today’s forum is one of a number of BPFI initiatives this week to mark European Money Week 2017, a joint initiative between the European Banking Federation and over 20 European banking associations, including BPFI, which aims to raise public awareness on financial literacy and improve financial education for students at primary and secondary level. In addition to today’s event, BPFI will also host an Economist/Student event bringing together the chief economists from AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank Ireland and Ulster Bank with over 160 leaving cert business and economic students to discuss the economic issues of the day.
BPFI has also launched a series of new content on its online resource www.businesseducation.ie Developed by BPFI in conjunction with the Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland (BSTAI), the site provides a number of learning resources for teachers and students of leaving cert business, economics and accounting. Additional content includes a series of curriculum linked Case Studies (https://businesseducation.ie/case-studies/) developed with BPFI member banks AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank Ireland Ulster Bank. Providing students with relevant and up-to-date business material, the case studies are designed to bring real Irish business stories into the classroom for the benefit of both students and their teachers and to link the world of education directly with leading business organisations.
Contact: Jillian Heffernan, Head of Communications, BPFI, ph: 01 474 8835 / 087 9016880
Note: Banking & Payments Federation Ireland is the voice of banking and payments in Ireland, representing over 70 member institutions and associates, including licensed domestic and foreign banks and institutions operating in the financial marketplace here.