Three primary school children scored themselves a brand-new gadget each, after showcasing brilliant financial literacy prowess in Maybank’s battle-of-the-wits on Saturday.
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The event organised by Maybank and its corporate social responsibility arm, the Maybank Foundation, coincides with the successful completion of the second year of their Cashville Kidz Financial Literacy programme.
The programme is taught through an interactive animation series at several schools, with programme assessments before and after the programme to gauge its success.
A total of 15 top-scorers were chosen from all across Phnom Penh for the final on Saturday. Only three made it to the top.
After tackling a series of questions meant to assess their understanding of good financial habits, the grand prize, a Samsung Galaxy Tab A6, went to Ngor Sreypin.
The runners-up, Bun Sokvisal and Sophea Yothipin, did not walk away empty-handed, scoring a Samsung Galaxy J4 and a Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime, respectively.
In his speech, Maybank Foundation CEO Shahril Azuar Jimin said the programme has benefitted a total of 23 schools and 5,000 students in Phnom Penh since its introduction last year.
“The outcome has been amazing. This year we were able to see an average overall improvement of 25.38 per cent,” he said at the Maybank Tower here on Saturday.
He also announced that the third phase of Cashville Kidz will start next year, this time involving more schools in provinces across the country.
Ultimately, the financial institution aims to reach 20,000 students in 40 schools nationwide as a part of a four-year plan.
“For 2019, we plan to run this programme in more than 30 schools covering not only Phnom Penh. We are targeting to reach out and impact 8,000 students,” he said.
Meanwhile, Maybank Cambodia chairman Datuk Johan Ariffin expressed his appreciation of the continuous support and endorsement of the National Bank of Cambodia and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
“We drive the programme to create future generations of financially savvy Cambodians with the right knowledge, skills and mindset to strengthen Cambodia’s economy in the future.
“We realise that it is important for the next generation to be equipped with financial literacy that is packaged in a fun-filled approach to help them learn the important aspects of managing their money,” he said.
Mr Johan added this would be beneficial in order to navigate through an increasingly complex financial world.
During the event, Maybank picked the top three schools: Hun Sen Pochen Tong, Aknuwat Reachtheany and The Westline School & The Northline School.
Three teachers, who have shown dedication in teaching the programme to students, were also rewarded with a Samsung Galaxy Tab A6.
Finally, one lucky parent and a teacher won a Maybank Savings Account – worth 1 million riel – after participating in a trivia game.
Also present at the event were NBC director-general Chea Serey, Ministry of Education deputy director Kann Puthy, and the first secretary of the Embassy of Malaysia Nora Azlinda Jaapar, among others.