Global education think tank WISE is building on its existing relationship with Visa to make financial literacy as well as sports and sustainability key components of co-hosted programs and activities across the country.
Through this joint effort, the two entities aim to produce tailored activities for Qatar’s learning ecosystem, providing a wider range of learning opportunities that advance digital financial inclusion and equity, promoting sustainable trade and the transition to a low-carbon environment.
WISE and Visa also organized financial education workshops for young people from 23 Arab countries as part of the Generation Amazing Festival. The workshops allowed young community leaders and athletes to reflect on the role that financial planning can play in securing their future, as well as connecting the themes of sport, discipline and financial education.
Stavros N Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, an initiative of the Qatar Foundation, said: “The co-creation of this joint program is the realization of our common ambition: to provide a balanced and comprehensive education to the people of Qatar. We are very pleased to welcome Visa as a long-term partner and are confident that the next few months will provide us with the perfect platform to spread this initiative to our active communities and ecosystem.
Dr. Saeeda Jaffar, Visa Group Country Manager for the GCC Region, said, “We believe communities thrive when everyone, everywhere is included in the formal financial system. That’s why we focus on driving educational initiatives with our global financial education programs to help improve the livelihoods of traditionally underserved people. We are excited about our partnership with WISE and look forward to expanding the benefits of financial education to drive digital access to more people, their businesses and our economies.
The partnership began with Visa’s participation in the WISE Edtech Accelerator bootcamp, providing members of the WISE cohort with experiential workshops, as well as networking opportunities with select investors and education stakeholders. The three-day bootcamp also included a full program of panels, workshops and one-on-one discussions.
In 2022, Visa will host WISE’s Doha Learning Days, a large community event bringing together young people, families and community members to engage in hands-on learning outside of formal education settings. In previous years, the festival has
brought together partners and thousands of school-aged learners and engaged them in activities centered on wellness, creativity, technology and the arts.