SURA and NGO Aflatoun celebrate International Social and Financial Education Day
SURA Mexico joins more than 100 countries with 4 million boys and girls learning on Human Rights and savings habits. More than 15,000 Mexican students have benefited from the social and financial education program from SURA-Aflatoun. Mexico City, March 18, 2016. On March 17, over 4 million boys and girls from 116 countries celebrated the importance of financial and social skills. SURA Mexico joined the Aflatoun Day, a partnering NGO that contributes to fight poverty through the implementation of programs to inspire children and teens to social and economic empowering toward a more equal world. On the occasion of this celebration, SURA México implemented the following initiatives: Teachers meeting in for social and financial education in Veracruz A total of 32 principals from a number of elementary schools in Veracruz and 14 superintendents and Technical Advisors (ATPs) met in Huatusco Veracruz, in order to share experiences on their efforts to promote savings habits and a good management of both economic and natural resources among students. They also had a chance to learn firsthand about the learning tools offered by the Academia Aflatoun at no cost, to strengthen the training process of the faculty. During the 2015-2016 school year, over 5,000 students from 6-14 years of age will be benefited with the Social and Financial Education program of Aflatoun. Since 2014, 15,000 kinder garden and elementary school students have been touched by the advantages of the social and financial education workshops coordinated by SURA-Aflatoun. Aflatoun program: Social and Financial Education for the construction of a peace culture. With the support of SURA, NGO OBSERVA successfully ended two pilot programs at the Gertrudis Bocanegra boarding school and the Flores orphanage, both of them located in Mexico City. For six months, a total of 208 children learned to develop life skills including team work, assertive communication and peace culture; as well as learning to set saving goals, caring for their economic and natural resources and to design and implement social entrepreneurship projects. In 2013, SURA México and Aflatoun entered a partnership agreement in order to contribute to fight poverty through the human development of a socially and financially empowered childhood. Through the Aflatoun International program, both children and teenage boys and girls learn about their rights and obligations, their skills and talents, as well as learning how to plan and use these skills to make their dreams and ambitions true. The programs encourage them to become entrepreneurs, to bring about changes in their own lives and to contribute to the wellbeing of their families and communities in a positive way. The learning methodology is focused on the child needs, promoting his and her involvement in games, activities and group and individual dynamics.. About Aflatoun International: Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Aflatoun International is a Non - Governmental Organization focused on educating children / and youth about their rights and responsibilities and management of natural and financial resources through social and financial education. Currently, the International NGO Aflatoun programs have been implemented in 116 countries and reach 4 million children, this number continues to grow each year. For more information: www.aflatoun.org About SURA Mexico SURA business portfolio in Mexico includes Afore SURA, Pensiones SURA, SURA Investment Management and Seguros de Vida SURA. As of the end of December 2015 it managed over MXP$437 billion pesos with over 3,000 employees and over 6.2 million clients. About SURA Asset Management SURA Asset Management is a Latin American based company with operations in the Pensions, Savings and Investment divisions in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and El Salvador. It is an affiliate of Grupo SURA, and has four shareholders with a minor stock: Corporación Financiera Internacional (IFC), member of the Group of the World Bank; Grupo Bolívar, Bancolombia and Grupo Wiese. As of December 2015, it has a total of USD 103.1 billion in assets under management, owned by 17.3 million clients. * Clients and AUM include AFP Protección in Colombia and AFP Crecer in El Salvador, although not controlled companies, SURA AM has a relevant stock. About GRUPO SURA Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana -Grupo SURA-, the headquarter of Grupo Empresarial SURA, is a Latin American company trading at the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (BVC) and registered in the program ADR-Level I in the US. It is also the only Latin American company in the Diversified Financial Service sector, that is part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which recognizes the companies that, globally have the best practices in economic, environmental and social practices. Grupo SURA has two investment types: strategic, focused on the financial services, insurance, pensions, savings and investment sectors; and industrial investment, mostly in the processed foods, cement and energy sectors.