Anil Agrawal Brings a Financial Education Campaign to Ottawa for Canada’s Financial Literacy Month and Beyond

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Anil Agrawal brings the National Financial Educators Council's Campaign to Ottawa to help promote a Financial Literacy Month and overall financial wellness.

Canada’s Financial Literacy Month and Anil Agrawal’s formal announcement of his financial literacy campaign both launched November 1st. Agrawal is launching an ongoing financial education initiative in Ottawa that provides training, resources and workshops to people of all ages.

After months of working with collaborative partner, the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC), Agrawal is offering events that are designed to provide practical, real world, information to those he serves. His first step was to complete his Certified Financial Education Instructor coursework offered through the NFEC. Once certified to teach financial literacy courses, Anil created workshops that provide employee financial education in the workplace, and outcomes Anil anticipates is improved financial wellness of employees and a positive impact on productivity and profits for the employers.

“While the Canadian Federal government has just kicked off the Financial Literacy Month 2013 and is expected to appoint a new financial literacy leader by year’s end, a growing number of Canadian employers are embracing unbiased financial literacy programs to promote financial wellness of employees. I laud that many groups have been leading the financial literacy charge across Canada. I am excited to launch my employee financial education events to empower employees with the financial knowledge and skills to make sensible financial decisions,” said Anil Agrawal of Financial Literacy Academy, Ottawa.

In 2014, Financial Literacy Academy has the goal to offer its practice-intensive ‘Building Your Financial Foundation’ course to a minimum of 1,000 employees in organizations employing 50+ employees, and demonstrate measurable gains in financial literacy by conducting pre- and post-tests and by obtaining employer feedback on productivity and profit gains as a result of the financial education initiative. In 2015 onwards, the vision is to expand the financial education offerings to young adults and students in junior high schools, high schools and colleges as well as in North-Eastern Ontario cities beyond Ottawa.

Financial Literacy Month is designed to raise awareness among Canadian citizens about the importance of acquiring money management skills, and to promote those skills by providing financial education resources and training. Organized by the Financial Literacy Action Group (FLAG) in collaboration with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), Canada’s Financial Literacy Month takes place each November.

The Financial Literacy Action Group (FLAG) is a coalition of organizations working to help Canadians improve their financial literacy skill sets. FLAG members include ABC Life Literacy Canada, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE), Credit Canada, Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC), Investor Education Fund (IEF), Junior Achievement, and Social and Enterprise Development Initiatives (SEDI).

Anil Agrawal, the founder of Financial Literacy Academy is a trainer and consultant from the IT industry. A corporate employee and entrepreneur for many years, Anil took pioneering initiatives to develop and rehabilitate people. Notably in 1988, he evangelized PC networking technologies for the users and launched technology training programs to convert non-technical people into technocrats to operate and manage technologies. Then in 1993, when the wave of layoffs swept the workplace, Anil launched technology training programs to rehabilitate unemployed people from all walks of life into technology careers. He has a passion for teaching and mentoring people. His latest initiative to launch Financial Literacy Academy is aimed at joining the financial literacy movement to make a substantial contribution to financial wellness in the workplace.

The National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) supports financial literacy month initiatives on a global level. Financial education resources and training developed by the NFEC give people around the world the financial knowledge and confidence to take effective action—the actions that best fulfill each individual's personal, family, and global community goals.

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