Junior Achievement Cyprus Pilots a New Programme in Primary Schools

The new JA Cyprus Programme, “More than Money”, will launch in primary schools in February. The Programme will be piloted in five primary schools across Cyprus, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture and with the financial support of the Association of Cyprus Banks.

On Thursday, 28 January 2016, primary school teachers and volunteers from the banking sector, who will contribute to the implementation of the Programme, attended a training session that took place at the premises of the Association of Cyprus Banks. The training was delivered by Ms. Vana Rozou, Educational Programme Manager of Junior Achievement Greece.

“More than Money” aims at familiarising 12-year old primary school students with concepts related to money management, such as income, expenses and savings; thus, enabling them to better understand the role of money in their lives and to explore their job skills and the types of professions that interest them. Through the Programme activities, students will acquire decision-making skills and engage in activities aimed at developing a positive work ethic. The Programme will be incorporated in the primary school module on health education.

Maria Ioannou, Senior Officer, Association of Cyprus Banks, highlighted the importance of incorporating financial literacy within school programmes.

Speaking on behalf of Mr. Elpidoforos Neocleous, Director of Primary Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ms. Androula Simitra, Primary School Inspector, noted that the Ministry has high expectations of the pilot and the expansion of the Programme into more schools next year.