In this initiative, the ECCB has partnered with other financial institutions and the Ministries of Finance and Education within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union to provide support systems for the youth to help prepare them for life and work. Within the two key areas of (i) financial education and (ii) social skills development, the programme seeks to develop the students’ understanding of everyday financial and economic issues. It also focuses on other subject areas important to their overall development by means of interactive discussions and activities.
The programme began in 2007 with the adoption of Grade 4 classes in the eight member countries and has expanded to include students in Grades 5 and 6.
The ECCB Primary School Mentorship Programme began in 2007 and falls under the Bank’s Strategic Goal: Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance. It reflects the Bank’s mission statement: Advancing the good of the people of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) by maintaining monetary and financial stability and promoting growth and development.
The programme is conducted with students in Grades 4 to 6 of a selected school in each ECCB member country. Thousands of students have benefited from the programme over the years through weekly classroom sessions. These sessions are designed to cover the two key areas of financial education and social skills development which is geared towards augmenting the students’ understanding of everyday financial and economic issues.
In this initiative, the ECCB partners with other financial institutions and the Ministries of Finance and Education within the ECCU to provide support systems for the youth. It also focuses on other subject areas important to their overall development by means of interactive discussions and activities.
At the end of every school year, the Bank hosts the Grade Six Transition Session. The key objective of the session is to help prepare the Grade Six students for the adjustment to the secondary school environment. The students from the eight member countries are afforded to interact with each other during this virtual session.
The participating schools in the ECCB Primary School Mentorship Programme are as follows:
Valley Primary School
Antigua and Barbuda
TN Kirnon Primary School
Commonwealth of Dominica
Roseau Primary School
St George’s Primary School
Brades Primary School
Saint Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis
Irish Town Primary School
Gordon Walcott Primary School
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
CW Prescod Primary School