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Mind your Wallet 2015 -Final exchange!
Submitted by Anne Valkering on 9 June 2015
From 5 – 7 July Mind your Wallet’s third edition came to a spectacular end with the final exchange weekend in The Hague. 75 youth and their coaches from all over the Netherlands gathered for a weekend full of fun and debating. All activities focused on learning more about financial problems among youth and paying attention to their issues.
After all the participants arrived at the Stay Okay hostel where we would be based for the weekend it was time for some dinner and a welcome game. The game ‘Cluedo’ (where you have to identify a murderer based on a given case) was played by teams consisting of attendees from the different towns.
Saturday kicked off with a debate competition for which the youth had been prepared in the past months. During three rounds the youth battled with words. They received professional feedback from judges to improve their debating skills and to prepare them for the public debates on Sunday. Following the debate competition, several workshops were offered to provide a welcome break from the intense competition. In the evening, dinner was served at Theatre Concordia. The dinner was provided by H’eerlijk, a restaurant which offers youth an opportunity to gain experience by working. After dinner, a play titled ‘Crisis’ was performed. This interactive theatre delved into the way youth approach financial issues.
The Sunday revolved around the public debates with youth and key stakeholders and took place in the International Press Centre “Nieuwspoort”. The venue is located directly adjacent to the Dutch parliament and is a regular host for (political) press conferences. As such, it gave an extra dimension to the Mind your Wallet debates. The best speakers of the debate competition were invited to start the public debates (see below for the motions). After they kicked off, Tanja Jadnanansing, member of the Dutch House of Representatives, gave the floor to the panel members and the audience who all participated in the lively debates. After the public debates, the final of the debate competition was held between teams from Zwolle and The Hague. While the teams prepared, participants of Saturday’s rap workshop performed the rap they made in front of the 100-person audience. The Hague eventually won the tournament and claimed the title ‘Mind your Wallet 2015 Debate Champions’. The day ended with a big barbecue in the courtyard where the prizes were awarded to the winners.
Motions for the public debate on Sunday (translated)
1) Financial education must become a compulsory subject in secondary school
2) It should be more difficult for youth under 21 to incur financial obligations such as contracts or the purchasing of products through instalments.
3) Municipalities must offer youth more and more accessible support when they have financial problems.
Finale debate competition: Everyone who borrows money should first pass a ‘financial insight exam’.
For pictures of the event on Sunday please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132165895@N06/page1. If you want to know more about Mind your Wallet please visit our website (in Dutch) or contact Roeland Hemsteede via email@example.com
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