Ulster Bank Financial Literacy Programme

ELI was awarded funding from Ulster Bank’s Skills and Opportunities Fund to develop a financial literacy programme for children aged 4-12 years old attending afterschools in the Dublin Docklands.

The programme consists of play-based activities, book reading, arts and crafts to promote discussions relating to high finance topics such as income, budgeting, saving, borrowing and currency. The aim is to introduce children to financial topics that they would encounter in their everyday lives, which will act as the foundation for them to progress through the education system and obtain the qualifications needed to be successful in the world of work.

The Smart Money Stories

The Ulster Bank Skills and Opportunities Fund supplied toys, board games, books, as well as arts and craft materials to each of the four afterschools participating in the programme. As part of the project, the afterschool children were asked to write their own stories to encourage other children to talk about financial topics.

These stories, written by children from the four participating afterschools in the Dublin Docklands, were made into a book entitled The Smart Money Stories. The children who co-authored the book are aged between 4-12 years old.

Book launch

We were delighted to be joined by Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement Eoghan Murphy, on Tuesday 7th March 2017, to launch The Smart Money Stories. Children and parents from the participating afterschools attended and showcased their learning from the project.