Budgeting skills for kids

2019-02-19 06:00
School principal Gregory Kannemeyer accepts the R20000 check from Metropolitan Branch manager, Norman de Wet.PHOTOS: Samantha lee

School principal Gregory Kannemeyer accepts the R20000 check from Metropolitan Branch manager, Norman de Wet.PHOTOS: Samantha lee

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The conclusion of the Metro Kickstarz programme at Beacon Hill High School, hosted by Metropolitan was held on Friday last week with a promise made to return next year.

The Metro Kickstarz programme is centred around activities and workshops designed to teach money management to learners. The programme 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.

This year, the workshops were focussed on a sneaker design.

Patronella Sono, CSI specialist at Metropolitan, says they wanted to select an activity that interested the learners.

“We needed to do something that would keep them interested so that they would take in what we were teaching,” says Sono to People’s Post.

The students are entertained and creatively engaged at the same time that they are learning.

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

In the lead up to the event on Friday, the groups displayed their sneakers in the school hall. The rest of the school then voted on the winning team.

Sono explains that the top six teams were selected to present to the school on Friday, ahead of the winner being announced.

The sneaker design will also be put into production and given to each of the participants in the winning team.

“Thank you to the learners for your support and behaviour. The classes ran smoothly and we had no problems. The 10 hours that we had here, you were doing work in classes as you were supposed to and not doing other stuff. We are making a commitment now, that we will come back next year,” said Sono in her address.

School principal, Gregory Kannemeyer said the valuable skills learnt will help take the community forward.

“People ask why we take away from academic time, but then our children don’t learn the basics of financial management. To the community we serve, in the next 10 or 20 years, they will be financially savvy. They will know what a budget is and how to work with money. The things you have learnt, we may not see the fruits of that immediately , but the investment that Metropolitan has made in your lives and in community, it cannot be taken for granted. You have invested in the future of our community,” he said.

The school also received R20 000 from Metropolitan as part of the programme.


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