Did you know that since 2011 Canada has had a Financial Literacy Month and that it is November? In the mid-1990s, the government set in motion an extensive review and public consultations that resulted in a series of reforms to the financial sector and the creation of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC).
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Everyone has seen them. Those grey metal stacking chairs that fill countless school gyms and auditoriums during assemblies, concerts and parent meetings. But what if they weren’t a dull grey? What if some enterprising young students transformed them into an opportunity to grow and learn more about the possibilities around them?
As part of their curriculum, students in Riverdale High School’s CFER program operate an e-waste recycling business. In converting an old TV console into a funky new dog bed, they used competencies learned through art, entrepreneurship and their workshop to raise money for a local organization that helps canines in need.
A national survey of young Canadians aged 17 to 20 commissioned by the B.C. Securities Commission in 2011 revealed that half of respondents were already carrying debt. That is just one statistic underlying the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education’s decision to launch an annual “Talk with Our Kids About Money Day.”
Arranging for a professional cabinet maker to visit students at LINKS High School required little extra time on the part of their teacher. But for students with learning difficulties for whom the future is anything but clear, there’s no discounting the impact of such a positive experience.