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Dennis The Menace And Bank Of England Join Hands For Kids Project


Dennis The Menace And Bank Of England Join Hands For Kids Project
Children in the United Kingdom will soon get lessons about debt, spending and how prices are affected by supply and demand from Dennis the Menace.
A 12-lesson course about financial literacy will be delivered by the Beano rascal and several comic book friends who have teamed up with the Bank of England.
The course called Money and Me is targeted at children aged 5-11 years and will be introduced in schools in July across England, Scotland and Wales.
It is hoped that the cartoon character based course will help teachers instill confidence about using money, said BoE Governor Andrew Bailey.
The initiative, also backed by Tes, the former Times Educational Supplement, will be included in PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) curriculums.
Financial literacy was "essential for everyone", Bailey said.
"The Bank's education programme is central to our role in equipping the public with sufficient financial and economic knowledge for their daily lives. It will support teachers in giving young people a strong sense of the importance of economic and financial decisions from an early age."
Lesson plans, videos, games and worksheets will be included in the Money and Me primary school material. There are rising concerns about the pressures on young people to spend and hence there were calls for teaching personal finance and money management.
A money resource for secondary schools, EconoMe, had previously been launched by the BoE and that course has been downloaded by almost 2,000 schools.
Online courses for children related to reading, emotional literacy and resilience topic are already sun successfully by Beano Studios, the company that owns the Beano comic.
"Beano has been engaging children for more than 80 years, and we love bringing that experience to the classroom. Our Beano for Schools programme translates complex topics into entertaining and engaging content for both kids and teachers and we've had fun producing these unique financial literacy lessons so kids can enjoy learning about money and gain necessary life skills," said Chief executive of the company Emma Scott