Free online financial literacy short course

Financial services provider Metropolitan is sponsoring a financial literacy short course hosted on FunDza, an online literacy portal dedicated to helping South Africans better their reading, writing and learning skills. 

The course will run from 9 April to 30 June 2020.

The course tells the fictional story of "the Majolas", while covering a number of educational themes - from personal financial management, to setting up a new business - all packaged in an easy-to-follow format. 

Each one of the course's 10 chapters covers a specific financial principle, followed by an information section where the lesson is expanded upon. Participants are later quizzed on their learnings through a series of surveys. 

The online course is free and requires zero data across all networks (excluding Rain mobile). Each person who successfully completes the course is awarded a certificate of completion, while top performers stand to win prizes. 

Claire Klassen, group CSI consumer financial education specialist at Momentum Metropolitan, explains that would-be learners simply need to register on the site to gain access to the course. 

Each chapter and information section need to be completed by 30 June 2020, to qualify for the certificate and potential prize.

Registration also provides users with free access to the rest of FunDza's "library" of books, short stories, essays, blogs, plays and poems – all aimed at getting South Africa's youth reading and learning.

"Decisions about money can be daunting, and ill-informed decisions can lead to high levels of indebtedness, trapping South Africans in a vicious cycle that can span generations," says Klassen. 

"Financial education equips citizens with the knowledge and skills they need to make sound financial decisions, providing tools that will help build wealth." 


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