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Dublin student takes second place in European Finals of financial education competition

Niall Faherty

3rd year student beats 26 other European countries to claim second spot in live final of the European Money Quiz

Tuesday 20th April 2021 – Dublin student Georgia O’Keefe, 15, has claimed second spot in the finals of the European Money Quiz 2021, a European-wide financial education competition which attracted more than 50,000 participants from across Europe. The 3rd year business studies student from Mount Anville Secondary School, D14, claimed second place by beating 53 students from 28 other countries across Europe in the live virtual final. She was joined in the top ten by Alice McCall 14, from St. Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon who came in 7th place in the finals.

The European Money Quiz is a European-wide competition which aims to promote financial literacy among students aged between 13-15 year olds. Developed by national banking associations across Europe, including Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), it is coordinated by the European Banking Federation (EBF).

BPFI recently hosted the Irish heats of the quiz when over 1,000 students in classrooms across Ireland played the quiz simultaneously in an innovative real time Kahoot! Webcast on YouTube. Students had to answer a range of financial education related questions with the winner being the student to answer the most correct questions in the fastest time. The two highest scoring students from the Irish heats, Alice McCall and Georgia O’Keefe, went forward to represent Ireland in today’s European final. In total over 50,000 students competed in the quiz at national level in their respective countries.

The final, hosted virtually today by the EFB, saw 55 students from across 28 countries teams compete to be crowned European champions.

Speaking on today’s result Brian Hayes, CEO, BPFI said: “Today’s win is a fantastic achievement for Georgia, her teacher Muirna Walsh and her school Mount Anville. I’d also like to congratulate Alice McCall of St Colmcille’s Community School Knocklyon who was the winner of our Irish heats and who did incredibly well today also. The European Money Quiz has been a great success both in Ireland and across Europe. It is vital that we help young people prepare for their future and this quiz is a fun way to learn about money, personal finance and financial terminology.”

The European Money Quiz was launched in 2018 as part of European Money Week (EMW), a joint initiative between the European Banking Federation and 30 banking associations across Europe – including BPFI.

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For further information contact Jillian Heffernan, Head of Communications, BPFI, 087 9016880 jillian.heffernan@bpfi.ie

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