United Bank for Africa, Sierra Leone has sponsored its first ever children’s finance workshop series on 15th November 2008 at the Clockworks Business Club, Hill Station, Freetown.
“Money Matters for Kids” is a financial literacy series which helps students get “smart” about money. Assisted by the EXCEL Education Program, the seminar consists of a series of workshops on a variety of financial topics presented by UBA Financial Experts.
They included lively thought-provoking questions and real-life examples about the importance of balancing needs versus wants and how planning and saving today can really pay off. Young people from various Secondary Schools in Freetown learnt about the benefits of budgeting and financial planning and how actions today can have an impact tomorrow.
The workshop was interactive with Morrison Conteh, Head of Retail Banking, giving a presentation on Money and Banking. Harold McCarthy, Head of Corporate Banking engaged participants with a lively debate on earning power and Mohamed Sannoh worked with participants on understanding and creating budgets.
In showing his excitement, Issa Munu of the Sierra Leone Grammar School said he was glad to see such initiative from UBA; adding that as a young person he now knows that it is never too early to adopt good financial discipline.
Manja Kargbo-Abdulai, Head of Corporate Communication noted that the bank is firm in its belief that young people today would become the leaders of tomorrow; therefore we are pioneering the provision of educational opportunities to contribute to the human resource development in Sierra Leone.
By Saidu Bah