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Financial inclusion

Manasa Kalouniviti
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THE school diary is part of the whole financial inclusion agenda that we either support or implement, says Reserve Bank of Fiji deputy governor Esala Masitabua.

"Some years ago we had initiated financial literacy into the schools program and this is part of that program in encouraging and promoting financial literacy," Mr Masitabua said.

He made the comment after the 2018 RBF Student Diary was launched by the Ministry of Education's deputy secretary primary and secondary education, Timoci Bure, yesterday at Marist Brothers High School at Flagstaff.

It was fitting that Mr Masitabua and Mr Bure, who were former classmates at MBHS in the late 80s, were chief guests during the launch at their former school.

Mr Masitabua said the diary was part of the RBF's work on financial inclusion and financial literacy which they had been spearheading in schools and communities across Fiji over the past few years.

"We are giving 5000 school diaries to 36 schools with the theme 'The climate is changing and we must change too'," he said.

He said the Ministry of Education would decide on the allocation of diaries to schools.

Mr Bure told this newspaper after the launch that the use of the diary should help the students understand not only about financial inclusion but understand and learn about climate change as well.

"It should help the children; they will use it daily and it keeps reminding them; the whole idea is to keep reminding them of these issues through the diary; climate change etc," he said.

Mr Bure said that was the whole idea behind the diary because the students carried it around all day.

The launch was held during the school assembly in the presence of students, the school principal Ben Salacakau and teachers, invited guests and members of the media.

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