Greece: Banks in Action
Date of creation: 2007
Sector, Sponsor, Responsible body(ies):
Private sector, banking: Hellenic Bank Association & Junior Achievement Greece
(Original programme: JA Worldwide; sponsor: Citigroup Foundation)
High school students (15-18 years old).
Through hands-on classroom activities, the programme gives students the opportunity to:
- develop an understanding of the banking industry;
- acquire skills related to managing their finances as informed consumers; and
- learn about banking professions so as to broaden their horizons as future professionals.
The programme consists of eight volunteer-led sessions that provide students with basic knowledge pertaining to the history and principles of banking, its main products and services, the concepts of banking R&D and marketing, as well as the various banking professions.
The bank employees that volunteer to deliver the sessions are trained by the Hellenic Banking Institute of the Hellenic Bank Association in cooperation with Junior Achievement Greece.
Tools & Programmes:
The original, English-language, supporting material of the programme has been developed by Junior Achievement Worldwide and Citigroup Foundation. For the Greek version of the programme this material has been translated/localized by the Hellenic Banking Institute of the Hellenic Bank Association.
The material consists of:
- a pre- and post-test for students
- a Guide for volunteers and teachers
- a Workbook for students
- three DVD presentations
- a game
and a number of other useful tools (checklists, lesson plans, poster, etc.).
Evaluation of the Programme:
- School year 2008-2009: pilot implementation, two private schools (33 students)
- School year 2009-2010: five private and one public school (105 students)
- School year 2010-2011: three private schools (63 students)
- School year 2011-2012: two private and one public school (73 students)
- School year 2012-2013: eight private and five public schools (615 students)
- School year 2013-2014: seven private and six public schools (383 students)
- School year 2014-2015: four private and twenty public schools (789 students)
Starting in school year 2012-13, a new evaluation system is in place based on two types of feedback:
(1) a short written test, administered twice, to assess students' knowledge on a few basic banking concepts before and after the programme is delivered;
(2) three types of evaluation forms in questionnaire format to assess the programme itself; these are to be filled in by: (a) the students, (b) the school teacher and (c) the volunteer-instructor.
A working group by the Hellenic Bank Association and JA Greece will regularly review these and make improvements to the programme, as necessary.
Ms. Alexandra Maniati
Director of the Hellenic Banking Institute
Hellenic Bank Association
Tel: +30 210 3386412