To date, Ireland has proven to lag many EU countries when it comes to essential financial skills. Additionally, leading research in the UK has documented that money skills can develop from as young as age 7 and those skills can last a lifetime.
Thanks to the support of Bank of Ireland, children from across the Republic of Ireland now have access to a dynamic and cutting edge financial education programme called Talking Cents with Ollie. It’s a money magazine developed specifically for children aged 7 – 12.
Developed in collaboration with leading financial education expert Frank Conway, Founder of MoneyWhizz, the money magazine is available FREE of charge to primary schools across Ireland.
The money magazine is designed to teach children about money and also, promote critical thinking.
In addition, there is also a range of supports available for teachers and adults. These include specific class discussion topics and group challenges.
Ollie promotes financial literacy and critical thinking among kids
To date, over 500 primary schools from across the 26 counties have signed up to receive Talking Cents with Ollie with over 40,000 copies distributed.
Talking Cents with Ollie is the first such project in Ireland where the development of the content is pitched specifically for children of this age and where supports for adults are provided in tandem.
All of the financial education content is aligned to international best practice and based on both OECD and UNICEF financial skills requirements.