By Kudzai Gurure – Head Education and Development
The Shaped Financial Literacy Project is one of the Harare Hub’s projects under the Education and Development Pillar. It is aimed at championing inclusive growth through financial literacy education and seeks to rehabilitate and facilitate knowledge transfer to
high school students in the domain of financial literacy.
The project draws guidance from the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Inclusive Growth and Development Framework particularly on the pillar of Education and Skills (Access, Quality and Equity). This project speaks mainly to Sustainable Development Goal number four
which looks at Quality Education and specifically substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills.
The Financial Literacy Train the Trainer Session was held at Spindex Media on
Saturday the 13 th of April. The facilitator was the renowned Gabriel Chipara who is a
local expert on financial literacy. The objective of the session was to empower ten shapers within the hub to train financial literacy to high school students so as to
increase impact by increasing the trainer base. This training also dwelled on the development of a training module that can be used by trainers during the training exercises that will be carried out within various high schools in Zimbabwe. This had been identified as a key resource to be developed for the success of the project.
The trainer emphasised on the need to be aware of the audience which is young students and he shared on tactics on how to make the learning interactive and beneficial to them. Key facilitation skills that trainers would need were highlighted. The
five pillars that the project will be inclined to are: How to earn or generate income ethically, How to save securely, How to invest strategically, How to spend wisely and How to donate sustainably. Of interest was the redefinition of assets and liabilities that
Gabriel Chipara gave and these were worlds apart in comparison to our well known definition given by Frank Wood.
Assets put money in your pocket while liabilities take money out of your pocket. Simply put, assets feed you and liabilities eat you. The training was a success and deepened our partnership as well as expanding our horizons in terms of what can be achieved through the project.
Date: 13 April 2019
Event: Financial Literacy Train the Trainer Session
Venue: Spindex Media
Partner: Gabriel Chipara