Money lessons for school pupils

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SCHOOLCHILDREN across the borough are set to learn the value of money as part of the fifth annual My Money Week initiative.

With the country in such financial turmoil it has become more important than ever to teach future generations about the importance of managing money say organisers, Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg) – an educational charity.

The aim of My Money Week (June 3-9) is to support teachers in Wigan and across the country in educating young people effectively about money through fun and engaging activities.

Throughout the week pfeg hope it will succeed in improving young people’s financial skills, knowledge and confidence through special lessons, activities, debates and a national competition for schoolchildren.

Teachers in Wigan will have access to a free My Money Week Activity Pack, developed by pfeg, full of creative and engaging financial resources and ideas for how to teach financial education to four to 19 year olds.

Tracey Bleakley, pfeg chief executive, said: “This year My Money Week is going to be bigger and better than ever – and I hope that every school in Wigan will seize the chance to get involved using our free support and resources. Financial education is absolutely essential if we are to give young people in Wigan the best possible start in life, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to be able to manage their money well.”

Since the first My Money Week in 2009, more than three million young people have been helped to understand more about money and personal finance through focused activities in schools.

Last year more than half a million pupils took part in My Money Week. Teachers in Wigan can pre-order their free My Money Week Activity Packs at www.pfeg.org/mymoneyweek