FINANCIAL EDUCATION & HEALTH
Since the financial crisis that started in 2008 the notion of ‘financial education’ is part of the public debate. The financial crisis did not only uncover the financial illiteracy of the individual, it showed that the financial – economic system we have created is master rather than servant and cannot be controlled by the individual or society as a whole and has making money as only objective. Financial efficiency as condition for every activity associated by accumulation of wealth and power. How would we shape our economic-financial system if we would focus on health, well-being and ecology?
The individual’s awareness of the relationship between health, ecology, self-sufficiency, financial choices and local initiatives.
The demand for financial education offers the opportunity to give young people awareness about our financial – economic system from the perspective of health and ecology , about the roles of money and the banks in society and the perspective of alternative choices. If we would see well-being and ecology as the basis of our lives and the rest (money , a system) as derivatives, which choices would we make then? Now is the time for a contemporary educational package as until now there has been no attention for the value of health in financial education.
In June and September 2018 the first trial lessons financial education started in the Belgian secondary education. Based on the trial lessons the educational package is further developed. We also look at target group expansion; from primary education to university.
This project was carried out by the non-profit association FairFin supported by, amongst others, the non-profit associations Djapo and Happonomy and the foundation Our New Economy. Active Health Foundation contributed by means of offering consultancy services.
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