Piara Waters primary school teacher hopes to make finance education fun


Ben Young is offering free financial lessons to kids. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d479534
Ben Young is offering free financial lessons to kids. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d479534

FUN does not spring to mind when thinking about finances, but Benjamin Young from Piara Waters hopes to change all that.

The primary school teacher is running free finance classes for children aged 9-15 years in a bid to get them prepared for the future.

Starting on February 26, the two-hour sessions will run over a three-week period, with the aim to make maths and economics fun for young people.

“I have designed the classes to feel like games, the skills required to win the games are exactly the same skills used in smart financial decisions,’’ he said.

“The learning environment has been designed to encourage students to take risks in the games and experiment with their choices just to see what happens.”

Mr Young said the beauty of the program is that students could learn from their mistakes in a fun, safe environment.

The program covers counting and mathematical skills, budgeting, stocks, investing, trading and business agreements, credit cards and debt, loans, legal contracts and property and asset management.

Mr Young said many young people find themselves in trouble from financial institutions for seemingly small mistakes, and he hoped his program would give them a sense of preparedness for the world after high school.

“Whilst we are now fully booked for the trial program, I am always happy to answer any questions from people who might be interested in the real program when it gets started,’’ he said.

“I am also happy for anyone to come down and have a look at the program during the trial and ask any questions.”

Trial classes for Ben’s Financial Literacy Pilot Program for Kids will be held in the children’s activity room at Bakers House (10 Welcome Meander) in Harrisdale on February 26, March 5 and March 12, between 4-6pm.

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