Grey life skills booklet launched as mobile app

2016-10-26 06:00
From left are Paul Leonard (CFP and EC Regional Chair), Neil Crawford (Rector of Grey High School), Brydon Leonard (Hello World Code) and Simon Sonderup (author of Don’t Be Fooled, Make Smart Decisions and teacher at Grey High School). Photo: SUPPLIED

From left are Paul Leonard (CFP and EC Regional Chair), Neil Crawford (Rector of Grey High School), Brydon Leonard (Hello World Code) and Simon Sonderup (author of Don’t Be Fooled, Make Smart Decisions and teacher at Grey High School). Photo: SUPPLIED

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GREY High School’s life skills/financial literacy booklet Don’t Be Fooled, Make Smart Decisions has just been launched as a mobile application.

The booklet, written by Simon Sonderup, a teacher at Grey High School, was first published in 2014.

Grey partnered up with Paul Leonard, a well-known Certified Financial Professional (CFP) and the presenter of the popular MoneyTalk on Algoa FM, and his son, Brydon, a top third-year BSC student at NMMU, to make the app a reality.

Brydon created the application, called Grey High App, from his Hello World Code business.

Don’t Be Fooled, Make Smart Decisions is essentially a financial literacy booklet.

Available in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, the booklet is aimed at school leavers and graduates in the hope that they will avoid making financial mistakes as they begin their journey as part of the working class.

From a school’s perspective, the booklet complements the Maths Literacy and Life Orientation curricula. Schools can use the content as a point of departure for teaching the concepts in these two subjects.

The ultimate goal of the booklet, however, is to increase awareness about financial responsibility and to point out the dangers of getting into debt.

It is Grey’s hope that the booklet will play a role in reducing the personal debt incurred by many South Africans in the future.

The application, which is available in the same three languages as the booklet, was launched on Thursday, October 20, and is available on the Google Play Store free of charge.

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