To mark this year’s World Savings Day, Wema Bank recently held financial education sessions with students in five secondary schools in various locations in the country. More than 500 students participated.
Asked why kids should save, one of the participants Ugwuogbe Chidahe, a JSS 3 student at Olomu Community Junior Secondary School, Ajah wrote: “Saving among kids is an essential part of learning and growing up we should be encouraged very early in life.
“Savings can help kids to keep their parents out of financial trouble in emergency. Even though they are kids, it is important to have an emergency fund set aside to cover unexpected expenses. Their little savings can go a long way to assist their parents, especially during a recession. For instance, such savings can be used to help their parents pay part of their school fees or assist in buying some essential things they need that their parents are unable to buy for them.”
Noah Rashidat and Believe Tashak, both members of the Press Club of Crowder Memorial College Lokoja taught other kids how to save in four points:
You should be able to ask yourself the reason why you want to save. Is it for your education, shoes, bicycle, or what?
Make a chart
Set a goal for yourself
Be disciplined and faithful
Wema Bank explained that the World Savings Day celebration reinforces the benefits of the age-long idea of saving money in a bank rather than keeping it at home, adding that “It is also a celebration of the role of retail banks in promoting saving and economic well-being among the population”.
Commenting, Charles Udoh, who heads Brand & Marketing Communications at Wema Bank, stressed the importance of saving.
He said: “This year’s World Savings Day celebration presented another opportunity to educate Nigerians about the importance of saving.”
He added: “We have taken advantage of this opportunity to teach young people about the importance of having a savings culture. We hope we have been able to impart knowledge to these students through the financial literacy sessions we organized in schools across Nigeria. Hopefully, they will grow up with a savings habit which will help them navigate life and economic challenges.”