Mastering money management

2019-04-11 06:00
This group won for their best sneaker design during the Metropolitan Kickstarz programme.PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

This group won for their best sneaker design during the Metropolitan Kickstarz programme.PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Grade 11 and 10 learners from Manzomthombo High School in Mfuleni finally finished a three-year programme that aims at teaching them money management.

The programme named Metro Kickstarz is run by Metropolitan which has activities and workshops designed to teach money management to school learners.

It was designed with the collaboration of creative input and financial expertise to consist of a series of interactive lessons for Grade 11 learners.

The lessons are designed in such a way that they are fun, vibrant and age-relevant.

The learners were tasked with creating a sneaker company within groups.

Grade 11 learner Khwezi Gwele (18) said they were taught business skills and how to budget during the programme. He said they also learned about the history of some of the old sneaker brands and were asked to design their own sneaker.

“I’m not sure what I want to study after matric but everything I have learned here will help me in future,” said Gwele.

Another grade 11 learner Lindokuhle Magaba (16) said she is happy that she was part of the programme because she learned a lot.“After the programme, I now know how to budget and use money wisely and know what is important and what is not,” she said.

Magaba said everything she learned will help her in the career she chooses in the future.

Metropolitan Khayelitsha branch manager Mantuba Nkhoesa said they started the programme in 2016 and that they run it in five schools in the province. They teach learners to be ready to handle finances when they get to university because most of them do not know what to do with money when they get bursaries. She said they also want to create entrepreneurs out of some of the learners.

Nkhoesa said they identify previously disadvantaged schools and approach them to find out if they are interested in the programme.

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