MP urges schools to join scheme

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has called on local schools to take part in My Money Week (June 3-9), giving pupils the chance to learn more about money and personal finance.

Every primary and secondary school in Dumfries and Galloway is being given the chance to take part for free in My Money Week, which has returned for its fifth year thanks to a new partnership between charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) and Barclays.

My Money Week will improve young people’s financial skills, knowledge and confidence through special lessons, activities and debates in schools and other settings across the UK.

Teachers in Dumfries and Galloway can order a free activity pack, full of creative and engaging financial resources and ideas for how to deliver financial education to young people.

Mr Brown, who is a member of the House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Edcuation for Young People, said: “It has never been more important for young people to get the support they need to learn about money. In the current climate, having sound financial skills and being confident in managing money is increasingly critical to everyday living.

“It is commendable that schools in Dumfries and Galloway have already signed up to for My Money Week to ensure their pupils gain this essential life skill and I hope that other schools across the region also take part.”

Since the first My Money Week in 2009, more than three million young people have been helped to understand more about money and personal finance through focused activities in schools. In 2012, around 500,000 young people took part in My Money Week activities, with 99 percent of teachers reporting an increase in skills and knowledge and 91 percent of teachers reporting a shift in students’ attitudes towards money.

Teachers in Dumfries and Galloway can pre-order their free My Money Week activity packs at www.pfeg.org/mymoneyweek