Posted on March 22, 2017

On Sunday 26 March 2017, The Netherlands Ambassador, Her Excellency Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie, will open the annual Money Week (in Dutch: “Week van het Geld”) for the Dutch students in Doha.

The National Money Week initiative was launched seven years ago by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Queen Máxima is a long-time supporter of financial inclusion for youth. The majority of Dutch primary schools now take part, and over 130 countries worldwide have adopted the idea (Global Money Week). The goal of Money Week is to teach children the value of money and how to deal with money in a responsible manner. During this week, many activities will take place in classrooms. Financial professionals provide (on request) free guest lectures and workshops in primary schools throughout The Netherlands.

This is the first time the Money Week is being organized in Qatar. Members of the Dutch Business Council Qatar will teach five classes of Dutch students that follow Dutch language lessons via LanguageOne Doha. Her Excellency Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie: “It is of the utmost importance that young children learn how to deal with money in a responsible fashion, and understand the importance of saving for the future. it is never too early – or too late – for young people to gain the financial skills they will need to shape their lives and enhance their future wellbeing. This is the first time we are organizing this in Qatar. This year we will target Dutch children and youth. We very much hope that more schools in Qatar will consider participating next year”.

The Dutch Business Council of Qatar was immediately positive when asked to participate, said Henk Jan Hoogendoorn, Chairman of the Council. “Many of our members have participated in the past (in The Netherlands), and it’s great to see how eager children are to learn about money”. Monica Mansveld, local director of LanguageOne Doha, is happy to see that the children learn how money, that children have saved or worked for, also can help others. “We are organizing a charity ice-skating event on the 1st of April in Villaggio Mall. Our students will be raising money for Paws Rescue animal shelter in Qatar. The “Week van het Geld” is an important project that helps raise awareness of what children can do with their money.”