Workshop Overcoming ‘Economic Stupidity’: Practical and Conceptual Approaches towards Financial Literacy in Citizenship Education
Curated by An Lavens, Director of BELvue, King Baudouin Foundation, Belgium
When studies in the late nineties showed the deficit of trust in the political system and the democratic institutions in Belgium, the BELvue was established to develop workshops and tools for the educational sector on political citizenship and the understanding of a democracy and its values. These last years though it has become clear that working on financial or economic citizenship is just as important to empower youngsters, especially from fragile backgrounds, and help them to develop the necessary capabilities to ensure inclusion and equal opportunities. A workshop was developed where the relationship between household budgets and the government budget is clarified though role playing and debates. But more is needed, and a different approach and didactic method maybe as well. The BELvue decided to develop a financial education exhibition, based on the BELvue Democracy Factory that has existed since 2012. This hands-on, debate-provoking, interactive exhibition will make it possible to approach financial education in a very holistic way and to work on the understanding of the financial aspects of our society, as well as to give them an insight in their own attitudes and behavior towards financial issues. The development of this exhibition is work in progress, and in this early development stage it would be very interesting to have an active exchange with the participants of this session on the approach and subjects treated or non-treated… So please join us for this session and help us make this exhibition as effective and interesting as possible!