Mastercard and Zywa Launch Financial Literacy Roadshow for UAE Youth

Mastercard partners with Zywa to educate UAE youth about responsible spending and financial management.

Mastercard has collaborated with Zywa, the payments app in the Midde East and North Africa (MENA) that is exclusively tailored for Gen Z, to host a financial literacy roadshow at some of the prestigious universities and schools across the UAE. The unique partnership will seek to equip the country’s young people with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate their financial future.

Between 9 October to 4 December 2023, the campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of cultivating responsible spending habits from an early age, and demonstrate how Zywa’s platform, complemented by Mastercard’s cutting-edge payment solutions, can play a pivotal role in achieving this goal.

To help address the financial literacy gap among youth, the joint initiative leverages Mastercard’s expertise in financial services and Zywa’s fintech innovation capabilities to bring practical financial education to students in the UAE.

The roadshow is aligned with the objectives of ‘We the UAE 2031’, a comprehensive national strategy that aspires to build a diversified, knowledge-based economy and a vibrant, tolerant society. A key aspect of the strategy is empowering young people to become active contributors to society and the economy. The initiative directly supports this goal by setting young individuals on a path to financial success and security, thus nurturing self-reliance and independence.

In today’s dynamic world, where financial decision-making is increasingly complex, fostering financial literacy early on is crucial. Attuned to the financial needs of Gen Z, Zywa is an ideal partner to instill responsible money management habits among UAE’s youth. Through our collaboration, we are not just facilitating transactions – we are forging a pathway to financial independence and a future of boundless possibilities, one empowered young person at a time.

Amnah Ajmal, Executive Vice President, Market Development, EEMEA, Mastercard

The 60-day roadshow features interactive sessions, where participants can ask questions and seek advice, ensuring that they receive personalized guidance that addresses their unique financial needs. Unlike traditional financial education programs, it involves hands-on demonstrations that are all about practical application and engages youth in real conversations about money management in a fun way.

In addition, Zywa is showcasing its user-friendly fintech platform, highlighting how it empowers young people to take control of their finances, set financial goals, track expenses and make secure payments with their own Mastercard. To encourage active participation, the two partners are offering exciting prizes to exceptional students who demonstrate their commitment to financial literacy throughout the event.

In our vision, a brighter financial future begins with knowledge, and at Zywa, we have set out to redefine the currency of tomorrow. Our pioneering partnership with Mastercard for the financial literacy roadshow is not just about empowering youth of the UAE; it marks a pivotal moment in our journey towards revolutionizing how young individuals manage their finances. As residents of this region, we understand the aspirations and challenges firsthand, and it fuels our commitment to positioning Zywa as the unrivaled market leader for youth payment platforms in the UAE and beyond.

Alok Kumar, Founder & CEO, Zywa

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