• Press Release - March 13, 2013

    Right To Play Thailand Foundation event to promote children's financial education

    Celebrating International Child and Youth Finance Week with play activities 

    BANGKOK, THAILAND (Wednesday 13, March, 2013) – Right To Play Thailand Foundation is excited to announce that it will join forces with Plan International as an implementing partner together with in-kind support from the Government Saving Bank of Thailand and the Thai Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection under the Ministry of Justice on March 15, 2013 to celebrate Child and Youth Finance Day. The partnership will host a series of play-based activities at the Sirindhorn Juvenile Vocational Training Center, Nakhon Pathom Province to promote financial literacy and youth empowerment.

    Founded in 2000, Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. In its role during Child and Youth Finance Day – also dubbed "Global Money Week" – Right To Play Thailand Foundation will use play-based activities to help prepare vulnerable children and youth for financial responsibility.

    In cooperation with the Deputy Director-General from the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection, as well as the Ministry of Justice, the event will bring together 300 youth from five Youth Correctional Centers and students from four primary schools to participate in a youth art exhibition and play activities focused on teaching financial literacy at the Sirindhorn Juvenile Vocational Training Center, Nakhon Pathom Province.

    Corporate guests will include Accenture Global, MasterCard Worldwide, DKSH Thailand Ltd., Allianz and the World Bank.

    Today, less than one per cent of children worldwide have access to financial education and financial inclusion. With an estimated one billion children living in poverty globally, the Global Money Week is an opportunity for organizations to come together to promote financial education and the inclusion of young people in money matters.

    Coordinated and led by Child and Youth Finance International – a global organization based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – more than 50 countries participate in the "Global Money Week," which has the support of some of the world's most prominent leaders and organizations, including the UN Secretary General.

    "When children save a single coin, it does not represent more than what they carry in their pockets, but once they save a few more, it begins to represent something very different – a choice," says Jeroo Billimoria, Founder and Executive Director ofChild and Youth Finance International.

    "That is what we are celebrating - the empowerment of the children and youth through the power of choice," says Ernesto Rebustillo, acting Country Manager of Right To Play Thailand Foundation. "This means the choice to save, to make realistic and achievable financial goals, to differentiate need versus want, and to use life skills for sound financial decision-making."

    The event will also see Right to Play Thailand Foundation announcing an extension to the existing Financial Fitnessprogram in collaboration with MasterCard. The program which was launched in 2012, seeks to provide youth with skills and knowledge in financial management and literacy. Right To Play and MasterCard have thus far, hosted two Financial Fitnessweek-long summer camps in Bangkok, which saw participation from 500 Thai youths, empowering them with essential financial skills related to decision making, responsibility and negotiation.     

    About Right To Play

    Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change. Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and has national offices in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and regional offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Its programs are facilitated by 590 international staff and nearly 12,000 volunteer Coaches.

    Right To Play Thailand Foundation was registered in Thailand in 2007 and implements programs for school children, vulnerable youth, youth delinquents, migrant children and refugee children in Thailand using sport and play as an innovative and dynamic learning tool within a comprehensive and holistic approach to education and life skills development. Right To Play Thailand Foundation works with a number of donors, including DKSH (Thailand) Limited, that supports Right To Play's Life Skills Development Program.

    To learn more about Right To Play, please visit www.righttoplay.com

    About Plan International

    Founded over 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organizations in the world. Plan work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. In 2012, Plan worked with 84 million children in 90,131 communities. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

    To learn more about Plan International, please visit www.plan-international.org

    About Child and Youth Finance International

    Child and Youth Finance International is a non-profit organization established in July 2011 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It launched the global movement in April 2012. It focuses on increasing the financial inclusion and finance education for children and youth, so that every child can graduate from primary school with financial education and a saving account they own and operate.  Its target is to reach 100 million children in 100 countries by 2015.

    Child and Youth Finance International has more than 1000 stakeholders, and its movement has reached 18,738,224 children around the world through 140 identified programs. The organization has builds on global knowledge and shares resources on best practices and industry research.

    To learn more about Child and Youth Finance International, please visit www.childfinanceinternational.org

    About MasterCard

    MasterCard, is a technology company in the global payments industry. It operates the world's fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard's products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.  

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    For media inquiries, please contact

    Chananyou Muadmanee
    Program Officer (Life Skills Development Program)
    Right To Play Thailand Foundation
    P + 66 (0) 2740 3520 EXT. 117
    cmuadmanee@righttoplay.com

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