Financial literacy – How do we learn best and create a habit?
Today everyone agrees that financial literacy which qualifies students significantly for challenges in everyday life is of vital importance. Many times the solution is found in providing more digital equipment in schools.
It´s not more information that is needed, but knowledge!
When we observe people around us, at work, at school, in the train, in the coffee shop, or wherever, reflect our own behaviors and ask: How do we communicate? How do we share ideas? How do we learn to argue? How do we socialize? How can we share, participate, understand, respect other concepts of living? When do we take the time to sit together and talk, in the family, with the partner? I mean face to face, not via WhatsApp or any other social media, absorbed and fully consumed from that little screen in our hands?
When it comes to financial education in school, a workshop with an environment that promotes communication skills, socialization, and the individual development of thought patterns and problem-solving strategies, could be very supportive and must have top priority. Here the teacher can create interesting scenarios and motivating framework conditions to illuminate important economic contexts and foster the development of essential problem-solving skills.
“ …there quickly arose in the children a consciousness of powers they did not know, particularly a general awareness of beauty and order; they became self-aware, and the drudgery of the common school attitude vanished from my classrooms like a ghost; they wanted, – were able, – waited, – completed, and laughed, – their mood was not the mood of learners, but that of unknown powers awakened from sleep, and the feeling of where these powers could and would lead them lifted their hearts and minds.” Pestallozzi on the Internet, 2015