My name is Matthew French and I work for JBS International, Inc. This blog draws upon research conducted under contract with USAID’s office of Education (read the full youth engagement report here), as well as my own experiences working with young people.
The young people of today present unique opportunities and will confront unique challenges. To equip young people to take hold of these opportunities and meet these challenges, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers have highlighted the positive impact that life-skills education and financial education can have on children and young people.International bodies have stated the need for education in such skills,and a growing number of countries have strengthened the teaching of both social skills and financial skills in their curricula.
This paper provides a comprehensive and objective overview of the current landscape of economic citizenship education for children and youth. Economic citizenship education is a holistic approach to financial education, complementing it with a focus on life skills and livelihoods. The paper includes the most important theoretical insights, principles, and frameworks. In addition, it provides an overview of the key players and current initiatives focusing on economic citizenship education for children and youth.
Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) started on its mission to empower all children and youth worldwide by supporting them in realizing their potential as full economic citizens in 2011. CYFI developed its model of economic citizenship together with leading academics, multilaterals, and experts in the field. Economic citizenship empowers children and youth and builds their capabilities to be successful in life through three building blocks: financial education, social and livelihoods education, and financial inclusion.
Today, a large part of your life occurs online. When you share photos on Instagram or via SnapChat, transfer money to your friends through mobile apps or shop online for a new pair of sneakers or jeans; it all happens digitally. With the world rapidly moving towards digitalization, new exciting opportunities are continually being created and become available to us all. Nevertheless, it is important that you know more about these new opportunities and are aware of the challenges they may bring.
Global Money Week (GMW) is an annual global celebration, initiated by Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI), with local and regional events and activities aimed at inspiring children and youth to learn about money, saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment and becoming an entrepreneur.