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Commonwealth Bank Foundation celebrates outstanding teachers

31 July 2013: Fifteen teachers from across the country have today been recognised with a 2013 Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Award for their efforts to build essential money management skills of young Australians.

The Awards acknowledge and reward outstanding teachers who are currently running or developing innovative programs to educate Australian kids about money and finance.

From more than 200 applications, 15 winning teachers representing Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory were selected based on the creative and engaging ways they improve youth financial literacy.

Initiatives ranging from micro-societies, market gardens through to ‘Think it, Make it, Market it’ programs have been recognised in 2013.

Commonwealth Bank Chief Executive Officer and Foundation Chair Ian Narev said, the Group was committed to enhancing the financial wellbeing of young Australians, and through the 2013 Teaching Awards is providing the means to support teachers to assist in achieving this goal.

“We want to inspire teachers across Australia to develop and foster programs to engage our future generations in innovative ways to build essential money management skills,” Mr Narev said.

“We know financial literacy improves lives and has a measurable economic benefit. The 2013 Teaching Awards is just one of the practical ways we are investing in financial literacy education of our community,” he added.

The 15 teachers were announced at a special ceremony held at Commonwealth Bank (Sydney) today, with each teacher awarded $10,000 to fund financial education initiatives in their school, plus $2,000 as a personal reward.

For the complete list of 2013 recipients and further information about theTeaching Awards visit: 2013 winning profiles will be live on the website from 2.30pm.

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For more information contact:

Georgia Psaltis
Commonwealth Bank
P: (02) 9118 6487 | M 0477 341 093 | E:

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About the Commonwealth Bank Foundation

The Commonwealth Bank Foundation was established in 2003 to improve the financial literacy of young people. The Foundation delivers a range of educational programs, including our award-winning StartSmart workshops, that will reach more than 275,000 Australian students this year. The Foundation’s programs are educational and do not promote the products or services of the Commonwealth Bank.

Media contact:

Georgia Psaltis
Commonwealth Bank
T (02) 9118 6487 | M 0477 341 093