Every fall, Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) host a number of International regional Meetings dedicated to enhancing the financial capabilities of children and youth. The regional meeting this year for Europe and Central Asia will take place in Skopje, Macedonia: 3-4 October 2014. The Regional Youth Meeting will give children and youth from Europe and Central Asia the opportunity to meet with other young participants from the region to voice their opinions and concerns in relation to financial education and inclusion to local authorities and change makers.
However, Regional Meetings are only one example of a number of unique CYFI opportunities for children and youth to involve themselves in throughout the year. In honor of International Youth Day today, please find here the CYFI Youth Engagement Country Handbook. This handbook gives an overview of the various youth related activities that will occur throughout the year as well as detailed step-by-step information on how to get the children and youth from your countries of operations involved. By taking the lead in promoting CYFI activities and opportunities for young people to become involved in, CAG members will be highlighted as organizations that values youth participation and connected to a network of other national stakeholders working to promote the financial education and inclusion of children and youth.
More importantly, by having young girls from your organizations participate in the various CYFI activities, girls will be given the chance to further their knowledge, experience, and exposure to financial education and inclusion in a fun and engaging way.
The meeting will bring together leading experts, practitioners and innovators from the region who are engaged in the issues of financial access, financial inclusion and financial education for children and youth. Meeting participants will include senior representatives from Ministries of Education, Ministries of Finance, Central Banks, children´s rights organizations, multilateral agencies, the media, and educational and financial institutions.