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BPFI’s Financial Education Programme

As part of its programme of financial education activity BPFI recently held the prize giving ceremony for the European Money Quiz as well as hosting its annual Chief Economist Webinar for Students.

In the coming weeks Tallaght students Daniel Olusegun,13 and Darragh McGourty,13, are set to fly the flag for Ireland as they bid to become European Champions in the finals of the European Money Quiz 2019, a European-wide financial education competition which aims to promote financial literacy among secondary school students.

BPFI hosted the Irish heats of the quiz in March, when over 800 students across Ireland competed simultaneously in a real time Kahoot! Webcast. Winning team, Daniel and Darragh, first year business studies students from Firhouse Community College, Dublin 24, were crowned national champions and were recently presented with a trophy by BPFI President, Gavin Kelly. They will now travel to Brussels to represent Ireland in the competition’s European final on 7 May.

At the end of March BPFI brought together the chief economists from AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank Ireland and Ulster Bank to deliver an Economist Masterclass Webinar streamed live to business and economics secondary students right across Ireland. The event took place as part of European Money Week 2019, a financial education initiative taking place in over 30 countries across Europe.

AIB’s Senior Economist, John Fahey; Dr. Loretta O’Sullivan, Group Chief Economist, Bank of Ireland; Austin Hughes, Chief Economist, KBC Bank Ireland; and Simon Barry, Chief Economist, Ulster Bank, joined forces to deliver a series of presentations via a webinar to the students on a range of current economic issues including the impact of Brexit, the housing market, as well as Irish, EU and global economic performance. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion chaired by BPFI Chief Economist Ali Ugur. The webinar can be watched back here

The event was one of hundreds of activities taking place across Europe during European Money Week (EMW) 2019, a joint initiative between the European Banking Federation and over 30 European banking associations, including BPFI. The annual initiative aims to raise public awareness on financial literacy and improve financial education for students at primary and secondary level.

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