Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will be at Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague on Monday, 12 March to present and participate in the opening of the eighth annual National Week of Money and the seventh annual international Global Money Week.
The Week of Money aims to help primary school students prepare for financial independence and international Global Money Week has a focus on youth and entrepreneurship. Her Majesty will be part of an opening ceremony which will also see a speech from the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education and Media, a presentation from the students of The Hague elementary school De Fontein and a theatre performance entitled “Talking About Money” by theatre group Playback.
Following the opening, The Queen will join discussion forums on the topics of financial education and youth and entrepreneurship.
More than 5,000 lessons and workshops on dealing with money are offered during the Dutch National Week of Money to students in primary schools throughout the Netherlands. These are led by Dutch employers and employees from municipalities, banks and insurers all with the intention of preparing school-age children for financial independence in the future. Each Dutch primary school also receives a special ‘Week of the money newspaper’ during this period.
The international Global Money Week is similarly focused on inspiring youth to learn more about money matters, entrepreneurship and livelihoods through activities around the theme of “Money Matters Matter” which have been organised in participating countries around the world. The initiative is headed by Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI).
Queen Máxima is a special advocate of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Inclusive Financing for Development (UNSGSA). She is also a patron of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion of the G20 (GPFI) and honorary president of platform Wiser in Money Matters which promotes financial education.