The Bahrain Stock Exchange, the stock exchange licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain, in partnership with INJAZ Bahrain, officially announced the launch of the sixth edition of the Smart Investor Programme, which is a national awareness program targeting fourth-grade primary school students in the Kingdom of Bahrain and comes as part of the curriculum of government schools.
The program, which was launched during the 2018-2019 academic year, aims to provide students with basic skills and concepts related to financial culture through educational and entertaining activities.
Commenting on this initiative, Sheikh Khalifa bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, CEO of the Bahrain Bourse, said, “Developing financial literacy programs and initiatives is an integral part of the Bahrain Bourse’s business model, and more than 30,000 students have participated in the Smart Investor Program over the past five years. This ambitious initiative is in line with our firm belief in the importance of spreading financial culture among future generations.”
For her part, Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of INJAZ Bahrain, said, “INJAZ Bahrain is committed to developing the skills and capabilities of young people and preparing them for a promising future. The Bahrain Bourse is a permanent partner in providing fourth-grade students in the Kingdom of Bahrain with basic financial skills that extend “Beyond the classroom. The successful track record of this program is a testament to its tangible impact in empowering the next generation of Bahraini entrepreneurs.”
The program includes seven practical workshops to provide students with the basic skills necessary to enhance their financial culture, and includes thinking, identifying, planning, implementing, saving, progressing, and evaluating.
Students participating in the program learn many basic financial concepts and terminology, including money management, the value of saving, and smart financial planning, through interactive educational and entertaining activities that allow them to make sound financial decisions. Students will also be able to select different financial payment methods, such as debit cards, credit cards, cash, and checks.
The fourth edition of the program included a national competition for participating students, which aimed to improve students’ ability to make sound financial decisions, while encouraging them to innovate and enhance the spirit of entrepreneurship.
The success of this competition confirms the program’s ability to motivate and provide students with financial knowledge for a promising future
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