Welcome to the Reserve Bank of Fiji’s Public Awareness column. Over the next few weeks we will cover a series of articles on financial education in Fiji and how it contributes to financial inclusion, as a lead up to the Reserve Bank of Fiji co-hosting the annual Alliance for Financial Inclusion Global Policy Forum in September.
What students are learning from Financial Education
First introduced only to a select number of “champion schools” in 2011, today Financial Education (FinEd) is taught widely throughout all primary and secondary schools in Fiji. In essence, it is learning how to make better financial choices and manage money: its value, how to earn it, save it and make it grow.
Trying to introduce FinEd as a standalone subject into an already full school curriculum would have been a near impossible task. As a result, Financial Education has been cleverly integrated into a number of core subjects. Students start in the earlier years of primary school, building on the learning as they go.