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Thousands of young players “score” in Visa’s 2018 financial football championship
By Le Hoang
Tuesday,  Aug 7, 2018,12:01 (GMT+7)

Thousands of young players “score” in Visa’s 2018 financial football championship

By Le Hoang

Visa and CCVSA hold the final event of their football-themed Practical Money Skills program in HCMC - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

HCMC - It’s not often that the terms “digital football tournament” and “financial literacy education” appear together, but that’s exactly what went down late last week at HCMC Youth Cultural House, where Visa and the Central Committee of Vietnam Students’ Association (CCVSA) held the final event of their football-themed Practical Money Skills program.

More than 1,000 students attended the grand final match held at HCMC Youth Cultural House where students from Dong Nai Technology University took home VND39 million in prizes, including two tickets to the Asian Football Championship in Thailand.

Over the course of its six-year history, Practical Money Skills has reached millions of young adults across in the country, equipping them with vital financial skills that will provide ongoing benefits throughout their lives. This year’s installment of the program started in April, and has seen students across the country taking part in tournaments based around “Financial Football”, which is a fast-paced video game in which players answer questions about money management.

This year, the competition has reached a new level, with more than 1,500 students participating in events held at universities across the country, and nearly 1,400 submissions made via online channels.

The program kicked off in Hanoi and went on the road to 36 universities in Haiphong, Danang, Can Tho, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong and many other provinces, expanding the program’s physical reach.

Nguyen Minh Triet, vice chairman of CCVSA, said in a statement that the program has been run annually in Vietnam since 2012. This year, in order to meet the needs of students, the Organizing Committee continued to draw inspiration from the king sport to organize the Practical Money Skills for students through the “Financial Football 2018” tournament.

“Financial literacy education is of great importance, helping students have the skills to solve common problems in managing, saving, planning and developing personal finance. Cooperating with Visa helps us provide students with a useful education program for the present and future lives,” he said.

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