The Reserve Bank of Fiji officially launched the 2015 Student Diary at Dawasamu Secondary School on 27 February.
A delegation led by Chief Manager Financial System Development Mr Vereimi Levula visited the school in Tailevu to officially hand over the dairies to the school to mark the launch.
The Governor of the Reserve Bank, Mr Barry Whiteside said the Student Diary is a useful and practical tool, designed to assist the students with their daily and future plans.
The Governor commended the Ministry of Education, Fiji Development Bank, Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme, commercial banks and other financial institutions that provide critical support in improving financial literacy and access to financial services in Fiji. He noted that these initiatives are already bearing fruit, highlighting the Ministry of Education’s report on the value of students’ savings and investment in 2014 for the Fiji Development Bank funded “Money Smart” program had increased to $628,398.00 from $453,302.87 in the previous year. “We encourage students to be proactive and take advantage of their time in school to plan ahead, and to get into saving and investing early in their life. There are many benefits and rewards to be gained for those who invest for the long term.”