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New partnership to grow financial skills of youth in Zambia

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Mwabu has partnered with Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ) to develop a financial education curriculum.

Mwabu is partnering with Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ) to develop a financial education curriculum for both school learners and young women in Zambia.

The educational technology company is creating a blended learning and certification programme that combines face-to-face and virtual education. Leveraging existing relationships in rural communities together with cutting-edge technology and world-class content, the programme will impact a significant number of learners in the country.

Mwabu has already been active in developing bespoke learning content and resources for a range of organisations across sectors in Zambia, such as conservation and healthcare. Through its bespoke offering the company creates interactive, enquiry-based learning content across a wide range of topics, with public or private sector organisations. To date, Mwabu is the only organisation that has digitised a curriculum in multiple African languages, and as such, is recognised as a leader in African content creation.

“Our mission is to create educational opportunities for learners across Africa such that they develop the means, not only to improve their own lives, but also the lives of others in their communities,” says Justin Reilly, CEO of Mwabu.

Head of WIN at FSDZ, Veyrl Adell says, “Financial education is crucial for youth to successfully enter into adulthood. Our work with Mwabu provides an opportunity to educate young Zambians using emerging digital tools, in order to empower them to manage their money and live better lives.”

Initially, content will be rolled out to learners from grades one to twelve in the Eastern Province of Zambia, along with the NetGirls group in the region. NetGirls caters for women between the ages of 15 and 22, most of whom are not enrolled in formal education. Thereafter, the project will be extended to another two provinces within the country.

The project, which is already underway, will be implemented in phases and is expected to reach completion in December 2019.

Edited by Fundisiwe Maseko
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