INJAZ Bahrain and HSBC launched the latest edition of the “More than Money” program, marking 11 years of partnership between the two entities. The successful “More than Money” program provides Bahrain’s youth with basic financial literacy skills. The initiative provides engaging and academically enriching learning sessions in economic education. Over the past ten years, more than 18,700 Bahraini intermediate students have benefited from the program. 1,805 students participated during the 2017-2018 academic year alone.

The program was implemented by 73 dedicated volunteers who shared their professional knowledge and experience with students to prepare them for success in their future. The volunteers teach students the fundamentals about financial planning such as earning, spending, sharing and saving money, and also introduce essential information on basic entrepreneurship.

Duaa Mohammed, a student at Budaiya Primary Intermediate Girls’ School shared her experience in the program, she said: “I learned a great from the program, especially on how to financially plan ahead and the crucial steps an aspiring entrepreneur would take to start their own business.”

Zahra Hamza, a teaching volunteer from Batelco commented: “Volunteering with the “More than Money” program provides a great opportunity to give back to the community. This was essential to me as a volunteer because together with the students, we learned how to better manage the future with imperative planning skills. We studied and analyzed real-life situations with an improved understanding of business and fund management. The program qualifies us to make the most of our potential in the future.”

The joint initiative began in 2008 when HSBC Holdings teamed up with INJAZ Bahrain’s parent organization Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide to sponsor and implement “More than Money” program around the world.