Fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy for class­rooms

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - For more in­for­ma­tion on how Bendigo’s unique Shared Value Com­mu­nity Bank model is con­tribut­ing to schools and strength­en­ing com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia, visit: www.bendigob­­lic/com­mu­nity/com­mu­nity-bank

FI­NAN­CIAL lit­er­acy and un­der­stand­ing is one of the es­sen­tial life skills young Aus­tralians need in or­der to be able to fully func­tion in an in­creas­ingly com­plex world.

The Piggy Class­room fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy pro­gram is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Skoolbo and Bendigo Bank, de­signed to help chil­dren ac­quire th­ese es­sen­tial fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy skills and de­velop fi­nan­cial un­der­stand­ing across a wide range of top­ics in a fun, child-cen­tric man­ner.

The pro­gram is free of charge to all schools and fam­i­lies, and after a suc­cess­ful pi­lot in 30 schools in Can­berra, re­gional Vic­to­ria and the Gold Coast, we are pleased to an­nounce the roll­out of Piggy Class­room to pri­mary schools Aus­tralia-wide.

No train­ing re­quired

Piggy Class­room is sim­ple to im­ple­ment and does not re­quire teacher train­ing. Our col­lab­o­ra­tion pro­vides teach­ers with ac­cess to a wide range of ed­u­ca­tional units and re­sources, sim­i­lar to ex­ist­ing pro­grams that help kids to un­der­stand and make bet­ter health and life­style choices.

Skoolbo have a proven track record of pro­duc­ing and de­liv­er­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial and Bendigo Bank is deeply com­mit­ted to help­ing ev­ery child ac­quire the nec­es­sary fi­nan­cial skills through the for­mal ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

When schools part­ner with their lo­cal Bendigo Bank Branch, we will pro­vide fur­ther in­cen­tives to ev­ery stu­dent who com­pletes the pro­gram to help kick-start their fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy jour­ney.

The Piggy Class­room col­lab­o­ra­tion with Skoolbo builds on Bendigo Bank’s com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy via our en­gage­ment with the Aus­tralian Bankers As­so­ci­a­tion to sup­port the Na­tional Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy Strat­egy 2014-2017 and in par­tic­u­lar Pri­or­ity 2: In­crease the use of free, im­par­tial in­for­ma­tion, tools and re­sources.

We hope you en­joy ex­plor­ing and us­ing this great new teach­ing re­source. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www.pig­gy­class­

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