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December 15 2011

Wikia-HOPE Global Money Initiative Adds Contextualized Arabic Curriculum to Wiki Site


Casablanca CEO, Karim Hajji and HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant announce fully adapted Arabic version of financial literacy empowerment curriculum at 2011 ASEA Conference

Marrakesh, Morocco--Casablanca Stock Exchange (CSE) CEO Karim Hajji, and Operation HOPE [HOPE] Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant, announced during the 15th ASEA Annual Conference, held in Marrakesh from December 11-13, that the Global Money Wiki site will offer fully adapted or “contextualized” version of HOPE’s financial dignity curriculum based on Moroccan banking system starting in January 2012.

“Harnessing the power of the internet, the Wikia-HOPE Global Money Initiative seeks to provide the poor and under-served around the world over with a first-ever empowerment resource: a free global and fully downloadable financial literacy curriculum, based on the banking and financial systems relevant in each community,” said Bryant. “It is our belief that this tool will help thousands of Moroccans build better futures for themselves as well as boost Africa’s growing economy,” Hajji continued.

Earlier this year, through the leadership and insight of Hajji and the CSE, the organizations entered into a unique Country Partnership to recruit local volunteers to translate HOPE’s award-wining Banking on Our Future financial literacy empowerment curriculum into Arabic and contextualize it for the local Moroccan population. Free to the public and available online, on a non-commercial basis through a "commons" license, Global Money launched in March 2011, to date the program is has been contextualized for nine communities.

Invited as a special guest speaker, Bryant shared HOPE’s mission to move underserved communities from Civil Rights to Silver Rights and the how emerging economies can use financial literacy and tools like Global Money to build their economic muscle.

Hosted by the Casablanca Stock Exchange, the ASEA2011 Conference December 11-13 drew more than 400 financial industry decision makers and change leaders, from more than 100 countries around the globe to discuss the investment opportunities offered by the African continent.

With its 80 years of experience, the CSE is entrusted with organizing IPOs, managing trading and attracting investors to transform Morocco and its stock exchange into a major African Investment hub.  It is the fourth member in Africa to be among the World Federation of Exchanges “WFE”, and an active member of the African Securities Exchanges Association “ASEA”.  The Casablanca Stock Exchange is a Limited Company whose capital is equally held by member brokers. It has three equity markets, a bond and a fund market and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.