Kickstarz project hits right mark

2018-05-24 06:00
Manzomthombo learners Liyema Nomangoma, Amnkele Ntlokombini and Yonela Rangana were excited during the Metro Kickstarz showcase event at the school on Friday. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Manzomthombo learners Liyema Nomangoma, Amnkele Ntlokombini and Yonela Rangana were excited during the Metro Kickstarz showcase event at the school on Friday. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Grade 11 pupils from Manzomthombo Secondary in Mfuleni are now the more wiser when it comes to their finances.

This is thanks to Metropolitan Kickstarz programme, which conducted workshops to educated them on money management.

The learners were challenged to start their own enterprises, design a logo to showcase it to their counterparts last Friday.

According to Elsie Govender, Corporate Social Investment Manager at Metropolitan Life, the programme was designed to teach financial education to high school pupils.

“To help them with money management, and prepare for the life ahead, it also teaches entrepreneurial thinking.

We chose this school because management accepted our program and saw the benefit it offers for the learners.

Most schools we have approached have welcomed the programme as they recognise it doesn’t only teach money management, but also important skills like teamwork and how to present to a larger audience,” she said.

The programme was piloted in 2016 and was initiated in 2017 at the school. Govender said that since its inception in Kwa Zulu Natal, they have gone to roll it out nationally.

“Our objective is to teach young people to prepare for life beyond school and consider that entrepreneurship can be an option for income as well as bringing to attention things like how to read a salary slip and what is the Unemployment Insurance Fund and other tasks,” she said.

School Principal John Matiso loved the program and encouraged more organisations to undertake such initiatives.

“We often find that such information is readily available in well-off schools, while we have financially illiterate children in our organisations.

Liyema Nomangoma, 16, said that the workshops were very educational and that they also learnt a thing or two about the entrepreneurship world.

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