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Children's Summer School

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With the intent of supporting financial education and contributing to local communities, Mizuho has been running the Children's Summer School since FY2011.

Number of Locations and Participants

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FY2016 Children's Summer School

From July to August 2016, MHBK, MHTB, and MHSC sponsored the Children's Summer School at 73 branches of MHBK. This year, about 1,300 elementary school children participated and, in addition to actually experiencing the workplace, deepened their understanding of finance through listening to lectures on money and financial management.

Schedule for the School Program (About two hours)*

Lectures
  • After providing a simple explanation of the flow of the school program, participants introduced themselves to each other using the original calling cards.

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Opening greetings

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Exchange of calling cards

Workplace Experience
  • Participants toured the bank branch premises and experienced what being in a bank branch is like while listening to explanations from employees.

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Viewed bank lobby

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Experienced branch customer greetings by bank employees

Financial Education
  • After experiencing the workplace, participants observed the jobs employees perform at the bank and learned about how money is managed.

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Lectures

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Experience in counting money

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Experienced the weight of JPY 100 million

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View worksheets

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Petty cash ledger

  • *The flow of the sessions may differ from one branch to another. We present images of the sessions in several branches.

Voices of Children

  • "We learned about the important work bank employees do, including accepting money and lending it to people who need it." (Fourth grade primary school student)
  • "It was good because we got to see the vaults and other places in the bank that people cannot usually see." (Fifth grade primary school student)
  • "It was fun to make entries in the petty cash ledger." (Third grade primary school student)
  • "We learned that bank employees do more than accepting money and lending, but they also provide advice on money." (Fifth grade primary school student)
  • "We learned a lot about the importance of money." (Fourth grade primary school student)
  • "I was really amazed by how heavy JPY 100 million in cash is." (Third grade primary school student)

Voices of Employees

  • "The children and their guardians were delighted, and I am glad we held this program."
  • "By coming into contact with primary school children who live in our community, I believe we left the impression that Mizuho is a friendly company."
  • "We were able to interest the children in banking."
  • "Teaching the children about the roles of banking gave us the opportunity to review our work from a new perspective."
  • "When the participants left, they made comments such as, "It was fun." "This will be a good memory for me." I really felt we were contributing to the local community."
  • "We held our program in cooperation with local retail stores, and this was a good opportunity for the children to learn about the relationship between the community and money. We received requests from the retail stores to continue this program."
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