U ponedjeljak 4.11.2019 održana je radionica ”Osnove financijske pismenosti” u Osnovnoj školi Ivana Gorana Kovačića u Gori.
Alice Bariani, EVS volonterka iz Italije koja je u Petrinju došla preko partnerskog projekta Smile&Go, organizirala je radionicu za učenike petih i šestih razreda. Glavni fokus projekta Smile&Go jest implementacija segmenata građanskog odgoja kroz neformalno učenje. Cilj radionice je financijsko opismenjavanje školaraca.
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Today I went to the school in Gora with four other volunteers (Celeste, Margarida, Neslisah and Orhan) to do a Workshop on Budgeting. The goal of the Workshop was to give the children (11 to 12 years old) some financial knowledge, especially involving Budgeting.
The first thing we did was a game where the class was divided into two different groups, each group had to put some cards with different items on them (like “Apple”, “Eggs” or even “Rent”) into three boxes that we put in front of them, labeled “Needs”, “Wants”, and “Savings”. We explained to the children that Needs are things that you have to buy, because you can’t live without them, Wants are things you wish to have, but are not really necessary for you; and Savings are things that you can’t afford at the moment but for which you could save money a little at a time and buy later in the future. They had a very interesting and fun discussion about whether Bills had to be put into Savings instead of Needs, or how important Onions really are (it turns out that they are pretty important because without them you can’t have čevapi).
The second part of the Workshop involved some fake money (100€ for each group), the kids had to find out how much was 25% of it (because that’s the percentage of taxes that the government takes from the average salary) and pay it to the State, AKA: us the volunteers, who gave them back public healthcare, schools and new roads in exchange.
The last part was about them dividing the money they had into the three different boxes from before, so they could get some idea about prioritizing your Needs, instead of the Wants, and just how important Savings really are.
Overall it was a pretty fun experience, because the kids are old enough to have pocket money and their discussion on how to prioritize some things over others was really interesting to watch. While taxes and financial knowledge can be generally pretty boring, we made it fun with our little game and soon the kids were all talking and discussing about prioritizing some items over others and taking into account that different people have different priorities. I think everybody could benefit from a Budgeting Workshops, it can really be applied to any age group, and I can’t wait to see how we can make it better next time!
”Today we did workshop with students. It was very nice. We divided the students into two groups. We informed about needs, wants and saving. We gave them pictures of food, activity and clothes. We said to categorize them. Groups made different choices. We discussed about it and talked about why they chose it like this. Sometimes choices have changed, sometimes not. After we gave them 100 euro. We asked them to pay %25 tax. They put it on the needs of 50 euro. I thought like them. 🙂 this workshop was very funny for me. I would like to see them again. 🙂 ”
”In the activity we held today, we played a game with children teaching them how to use money. Sometimes we had fun moments. We told them that snacks like chocolate chips were not needed. It was a bit difficult. We told them that if they saved the money, they could buy something different with that money in the future. It was a nice experience. We were a bit amateur today but we will develop further and prepare for other workshops.”
”It was an interesting workshop where I could see how the children think about the things that they have and the importance that they give to that things. They know more about the things that they need to live than I thought and I think it was really good how they interacted all together. If in their real life they have this responsibility it is a good way to teach them how to use money and the real value of the things that they have. ”
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