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We’re pretty passionate about banking on the next generation and making sure all Kiwi kids are financially literate. That’s why we've been working with Banqer to enable classrooms and students throughout the country to access the platform and prepare for the financial world ahead.
Financial literacy is a huge issue in New Zealand. There is a generation of Kiwi school leavers telling us they feel they have missed out on exactly this sort of real-life financial learning. This is why we've partnered with Banqer: so we can get their financial capability tool into as many Kiwi schools as possible.
Co-founded by local entrepreneur Kendall Flutey, Banqer is an online tool used in classrooms to create a complex and realistic virtual economy that students use on a day-to-day basis that inspires students to be curious, creative, and confident with money.
We've been working with Banqer for the last few years to enable primary school classrooms to access the platform for free. Teachers are able to set up a currency and facilitate real-life situations over the course of the school year to enable students to learn about earning money, paying expenses, saving, debt, tax, KiwiSaver, insurance and more. The programme, suitable for Years 2 – 8, is aligned with the New Zealand curriculum and designed by teachers for teachers and students.
Since the launch of Banqer Primary, more than 150,000 students have used it and engaged in robust financial education, and we’ve seen great improvements in their money behaviours from the start of the programme to once completed. There's also at least one Banqer teacher in every second primary and intermediate school in New Zealand. Watch the video below to learn more about Banqer and how we're banking on the next generation.
Pēke Kā translates and contextualises Banqer Primary for Kura Kaupapa Māori and Māori medium learners. We think this is a really important step to ensure that financial literacy is inclusive and tailored for our communities. Watch the video below to learn more about the benefits of Pēke Kā in the classroom.
Banqer High continues the financial literacy journey, offering secondary students a real world financial education experience. They get to play around with different financial concepts in an online simulation, allowing them to learn while trying out real-world scenarios. We’ve worked with Banqer to offer the platform at a discounted rate.
Students are able to manage their budget, explore career paths, go flatting with friends, and dabble with investing. They will regularly face decisions that have financial impacts, learning the consequences of their choices first hand, in the safe environment of Banqer High.
Banqer High is targeted at Year 9 and 10 students in secondary schools but is available for all year levels. Watch the video below to see Banqer High in action.
Whether you're a teacher or parent and looking at primary, kura or secondary schools, Banqer is easy and accessible for you. Parents or other community members can refer a teacher and Banqer will follow up directly to explain exactly how to start using Banqer in their classroom.
If you're a teacher, you can sign up directly at the link below.