Today everywhere in Canada, thousands of teachers, parents and children are talking about money in the classroom and at home.
WINNIPEG, April 19, 2017 / CNW / - Hundreds of thousands of young Canadians are immersing themselves in the world of finance today by participating in the “Let's talk about money with our children” day. This educational program, created by the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (FCEE) and seconded by the Scotiabank, celebrates its fifth anniversary.
In addition to the money conversations taking place in schools and at home, money fairs, proclamations and special events will also be taking place today and through the end of April across the country. Canada to mark “Let's talk about money with our children” day. The national event is a money fair to be held at the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. The Manitoba is the first province to officially partner with CFS through the “Let's Talk Money With Our Children” program.
The program is active all year round, but in 2017 the big day of celebration will be April 19. The program is now offered in all provinces of Canada and should be extended to the territories from next year. Last year, nearly 5,000 schools and over 500,000 young people from across the Canada participated in the program.
To make sure we are on the right track, the Foundation conducted a survey last fall among more than 6,000 young people from across the Canada asking them what they would most like to learn about money, how they would like to learn it, and from whom. The results show that young Canadians are very eager to learn about money and prefer to receive this information at home and at school. Talking about money is the first step in improving the financial capability of young Canadians - and enabling them to make financial decisions and actions with confidence and competence. The Foundation has created a detailed website - http: //
Highlights of the school program
For teachers, comprehensive lesson plans that are easy to use. As these plans are transdisciplinary, it is easy for lessons to integrate money issues into a wide range of subjects: social studies, mathematics, science, environmental studies, music, the arts. These plans are designed for teachers of 7e year, but all teachers are welcome to participate. The program also offers the following:
- group discussions and debates of ideas;
- interactive resources and tools for teachers;
- links to other resources and programs;
- links to financial literacy backgrounders and research findings.
Highlights of the home program
Online access to fun and engaging free activities that provide great opportunities for parents to talk about money with their children, arouse their curiosity and prompt questions in them that enable them to learn. Resources are categorized by age group, for example 5-7 years old, or 6-9 years old, up to the “transition years”, when children become independent and leave home. The program also offers the following:
- wide variety of activities: movies, books, songs, crafts, local excursions, and more;
- useful links and resources for parents, including a variety of articles offering different perspectives on spending money.
Scotiabank's participation in this program is part of its commitment to supporting young people. The Bank has been investing in communities for 185 years. Young people are the leaders of tomorrow and Scotiabank wants to make sure they have the skills and resources to succeed.
CFS is a federally registered, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization. Founded in 1974, it works to improve economic and financial literacy, as well as entrepreneurial skills. CFS works with ministries and departments of education, school boards, schools, educators and teacher associations. CFS is also involved in activities that support and assist newcomers and immigrants in the Canada, as well as the general public, through print resources, videos, workshops and online resources. Overall, CFS aims to help Canadians of all ages better cope with their economic roles and responsibilities, while empowering them to make financial decisions with confidence and competence.
Scotiabank wants to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their full potential. Young people are the leaders of tomorrow and the Bank wants to make sure they have the skills and resources to succeed. Along with its employees, Scotiabank supports causes that meet the needs of local populations. Recognized as a leader in charitable giving and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank contributed more than $ 70 million in 2016 to help communities around the world.
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