Our Mission: To improve financial literacy and numeracy skills for young people
Our Vision: To become a world leader at equipping a younger generation with timely financial skills to enable them make debt free choices!
Hello! My name is Arinola Araba. I am a fun loving, inventor, entrepreneur, and mum to three teenagers who enjoys working with young people. My previous education and experiences have involved the Health, Management, IT and Politics disciplines.
The idea to start this project hit me when my teenage daughter would bring her friends home to cook them ' Jollof rice' (an African delicacy), every day, when she came home from school but I was out of work...! Clearly I had to do something or two about teaching kids the VALUE of MONEY! We (Seun and our team) brought her and friends together to form a project group to develop a game concept that would answer the question:
How can we teach children to manage money in a fun, engaging and interactive way?
And the rest ...
To share my passion for Finance and Maths, I set up a social enterprise called bMoney-Wize Ltd, which supports young people with acquiring knowledge, confidence and skills to manage money, leadership and decision making skills with Maths in fun, engaging and interactive workshops.
bMoneywize is based in East London’s Barking and Dagenham borough which has received its unfair amount of publicity around low educational achievement and attainment levels, high rates of unemployment, benefit-dependent families, debt and poverty.
Previously, I had been on the BBC day tv show!
We have developed a fun, interactive, engaging financial literacy and numeracy board game with a local teenage group to support the Department of Education’s drive to shape a finance-integrated PHSE and Maths school curriculum from September 2014. Our money game has been endorsed by our Council and Education department for use within Barking and Dagenham’s primary and secondary schools.
Dr Agatha Benyera‐Mararike a social activist, psychotherapist and Senior Lecturer chairperson bMoneywize and leads with growth strategies. She comes with a strong academic background and a wealth of experience which will be instrumental as the company continues its rapid growth in the UK. She runs her own counselling agency.
Dami Opara is our youth adviser to the board, and a Literature graduate of the Kent University. Ruth Whyte runs an after-school provision that looks after children with unique needs. She brings many years of experience in finance, education and policy development to the table.