In order to implement the Bangladesh Government's Vision 2041 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (2021-2026) has been developed. The strategy aims to achieve social cohesion and stability by ensuring access to quality financial services for all, aligning with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
One of the core objectives of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy is to achieve 100 percent financial inclusion for all adults by June 30, 2026. To accomplish this, it is crucial to spread financial literacy among the poor and underprivileged segments of society. By providing accurate knowledge about banking and financial products/services, individuals can gain a better understanding of modern banking systems and become interested in accessing institutional financial services. This plays a pivotal role in achieving overall financial inclusion in Bangladesh.
To support this initiative, the Financial Inclusion Department of Bangladesh Bank has launched the financial literacy program called "Striving for a Financially Literate Society." The program aligns with the goals outlined in Bangladesh Bank's 3rd Five-Year Strategic Plan (2020-2024) for expanding financial inclusion throughout the country. To ensure the effectiveness of the program, Bangladesh Bank has published Financial Literacy Guidelines for Banks and Financial Institutions.
Southeast Bank is fully committed to promoting financial literacy in accordance with the guidelines provided by Bangladesh Bank. The bank has already taken several initiatives, including observing financial literacy day, organizing school banking conferences, and conducting general financial literacy programs at the division and district levels as outlined in the Financial Literacy Guidelines of Bangladesh Bank.
Observation of Financial Literacy Day:
On March 06, 2023, Southeast Bank PLC. observed Financial Literacy Day by organizing a program that brought together its customers and members of the community to discuss the importance of financial literacy. The program was held across all 135 branches, 22 Uposhakhas, and 02 Offshore Banking branches of the bank. Here are some photographs capturing the essence of these events:
Organizing School Banking Conference:
Under the guidance of the Financial Inclusion Department of Bangladesh Bank, Southeast Bank PLC. organized the "School Banking Conference-2023" as the lead bank in the Chapainawabganj district. The conference brought together students, teachers from various schools, and branch managers of different banks. Distinguished guests from Bangladesh Bank and other segments of the community also attended the program. Here are some photographs capturing the essence of the event:
Conducting General Financial Literacy Program:
Southeast Bank PLC. is actively organizing General Financial Literacy Programs in accordance with the Financial Literacy Guidelines provided by Bangladesh Bank. We are pleased to share some snapshots of the programs conducted thus far.
Promoting awareness of financial literacy:
While we understand the importance of our role as a bank in promoting financial inclusion, we also recognize the significant role you can play in spreading financial literacy. Your visit to our website indicates that you likely have a good understanding of financial matters and access to banking services. However, there are many individuals in your community who may not have the same level of knowledge or access to formal financial systems.
We encourage you to become an ambassador for financial inclusion by sharing your knowledge and experiences with those who are underserved or underprivileged. By educating them about the benefits of financial inclusion and the services offered by formal financial institutions like banks, you can empower them to improve their financial well-being. In doing so, you can also contribute to the overall development of our country.
Together, we can make a positive difference and create a more financially inclusive society for all.