Organisation with an interest in financial literacy, invited to take part in Money Smart Week

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Money Smart Week South Africa (MSWSA), a financial literacy campaign aimed at motivating and empowering South Africans to become more educated about their finances, is taking place from March 23 to 28, 2020.
 
An initiative of the National Consumer Financial Education Committee (NCFEC) and championed by National Treasury, this campaign sees organisations which include any South African firm or business that offers a financial product or service or any organisation with an interest in financial literacy, having the opportunity to conduct their own financial education projects and programs throughout South Africa during the designated period.
 
The inaugural campaign in 2018 limited activities to Mamelodi, Tembisa, Alexandra and Soweto within Gauteng. It is reported to have reached over 5 500 consumers at various activities, with over 9 million impressions through various media platforms.

The 2020 campaign aims to reach as many South Africans as possible and as such will be running nationally across all 9 provinces, to inspire people to become more financially literate and to educate people about the myriad of structures that exist to provide financial advice. Above all else, MSWSA2020 is a platform to raise awareness on the benefits of financial literacy for all South Africans at every stage of their life.
 
Results from the Human Sciences Research Council's 2017 Financial Literacy component of the South African Social Attitudes survey revealed that although 60% of South Africans kept a close watch over their finances, nearly half (48%) did not manage to save at all and a significant segment (42%) of the adult population had no long term savings.
 
The decline in disposable income, the low savings culture and the failure to service debt, makes a campaign such as MSWSA more vital as improved financial literacy can play a major role in improving consumers’ ability to make sound and informed financial decisions.
 
Any organisation with an interest in financial literacy, can apply to host an educational event or programme during Money Smart Week. All applications will be vetted according to set criteria as defined by the NCFEC. All successful applicants who will be running programmes during the campaign will benefit from marketing support to promote these initiatives nationally.

Interested organisations can find out more here orsend an email to info@mswsa.co.za to find out about how they can become more involved in creating a money smart South Africa.
 
This flagship event is aligned with the objectives of the NCFEC and National Treasury to coordinate and implement financial education, promote financial literacy and most importantly empower people to change their lives for the better.
 
Money Smart Week South Africa coincides with Global Money Week, an annual financial awareness campaign built to inspire children and young people to learn about money matters, livelihoods and entrepreneurship. Since its launch in 2012, this campaign has reached over 40 million children and youth in 175 countries worldwide.
 
Information about all activities, dates, venues, participants, campaign champions and ambassadors will be communicated on the website and social media platforms in due course.

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