On the occasion of International Saving Day, 13,230 Romanians in 59 locations in Romania have attended the largest financial literary lesson in the world last week, thus breaking the previous record, according to the Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR), the organizer of the initiative that is part of the „Scoala pentru Bani/ School for Money” programme.
The record (the largest financial literary lesson at multiple venues) has been approved by the Guinness World Records representatives on November 1, who were in Romania to attend the official event and to certify the number of participants.
For the record to be Okayed, at least 5,624 people needed to attend the lesson. This was the largest number of people taking part in a similar initiative in the U.S. in 2013.
“The record belongs to the Romanians and to Romania, the success has been ours, to all those that believe the road to prosperity goes through education and the road to the financial independence goes through education. Romania needs confidence and this confidence comes from achievements, comes when we manage to prove that we can mobilize for a major cause that is up to the future of each of us. Our responsibility is to make available the resources, and particularly the educational ones, to contribute to creating prosperity in Romania,” stated Sergiu Manea, BCR CEO.
BCR has run this project to warn over the saving level in Romania. A quarter of Romanians do not save money at all and only 17% of them have saving among their priorities, reads studies by Erste Group, BCR’s stakeholder.
More than a third of Romanians think they are not good at managing their money.