Visa partners with Rock the Schools to encourage positive financial behaviour

New partnership aims to improve student financial literacy across Australian schools

Sydney, 21 May 2013 – Visa today announced a partnership with Rock the Schools, the largest and most successful free entertainment and music education program for high school students.

Now in its eighth year, the hugely popular tour travels nationally through regional and metropolitan high schools over a three month period, providing an opportunity for Visa to work with students to improve their financial literacy.

Vipin Kalra, Visa Country Manager, said “We’re excited to be partnering with Rock the Schools to increase the financial literacy of Australian teenagers. Money management is a vital life skill and through this program we can provide students with the relevant tools and understanding to help them effectively manage their money.”

A day at Rock the Schools consists of four targeted music education workshops and a live performance, held at lunchtime for the whole school, from a popular up-and-coming Australian band. This year’s touring bands include - Sheppard, Nine Sons of Dan, The Elliots and Bad Pony.

“Music is a great platform to make financial literacy more engaging. For example, we’re encouraging students to think through all aspects of a career in the music industry, which includes saving for their first guitar or EP recording and understanding the role of budgeting in putting on a music tour,” said Mr Kalra.

Endorsed by the Department of Education, Employment and Workshop Relations (DEEWR) and patroned by Minister Peter Garrett, Rock the Schools (RTS) is an educational program trusted by students, parents and teachers.

The program reaches over 80,000 12-18 year old Australian teens.

Visa’s financial literacy programs have helped educate millions of children and adults in more than 30 countries on how to manage money wisely.

“We’re delighted Visa has joined Rock the Schools for this year’s tour, providing a new content dimension to our workshops. Planning, budgeting and understanding how to best use your money is such an important part of the music industry, and Visa’s association will provide valuable finance tips, tools and insights for high school students across the country,” said Harriet Manning, Program Director RTS.

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Media Contacts:
Teneille Rennick

Harriet Manning
Rock the Schools
Tel: (02) 8968 2822





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