Financial literacy will be introduced in 34 schools in Serbia from the new school year, starting in autumn, but not as a new subject, but as part of the already existing subjects, it was said at a press conference held by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.
The plan is that close to 15,000 children will be taught financial literacy from the first grade of elementary school, and that, in addition to existing subjects, the pupils will learn how to save money, be smart about their purchases use cards, or manage money.
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The Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Mladen Sarcevic pointed out that it was important that children learned about financial literacy, as a part of their financial education, and that that was one of the four categories that were tested for the Pisa test.
“This is not a new subject. There is no room for that. We need to teach children various other skills through standard school subjects. We are starting this from the earliest school age, and hopefully, we will have a very literate nation”, said Sarcevic.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the Visa Company have also presented manuals that will help teachers to include financial education in schools throughout Serbia from September this year. The training programme, which the expert team will conduct in 34 primary schools, will last from May to August.
This programme will include 15,000 children and 1,260 teachers.
“The first step is to help our teachers to improve their knowledge in the field of financial education through the FinPis programme, and for them to get acquainted with didactic-methodical models”, Sarcevic added.
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