All of our financial literacy programs meet the following high standards:
They must be factually accurate, up-to-date, and relevant. We are constantly working with individuals with advanced degrees and strong backgrounds in the materials that are covered to make sure that everything is current. As, for example, mortgage rules change, we change with them.
They must be fun! We operate on the belief that if our materials are not fun to learn, that students will not want to learn them. We spend a great deal of time and energy on this, and are confident that you will love what you see.
If our programs run in schools, they must build on what is being taught during the regular school day. We want to enhance the school’s curriculum, not replace it, and what we do buttresses a wide cross-section of the existing school curriculum.
Character Education. It’s one thing to teach financial literacy, it’s another to remind people that they can achieve anything they dream about, or that being true to one’s values isn’t just a sound life choice, but also a good financial one. Anyone can teach numbers – we take it much further, and connect the materials directly to the people’s lives, now, and in the future.
Canadian consumer and household debt levels are at record highs and growing. Every day, children, adults, and seniors of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds find themselves in precarious, and worsening, financial positions, often because of one simple handicap: a lack of basic financial literacy.
Money is something that affects almost every aspect of our lives, yet it is all too often a taboo subject at home, and hardly taught at school. Even when efforts are made to teach financial literacy to anyone, at any age, the materials are often considered tedious, boring, and overwhelming.
Extra Ed has created this program to not just teach the basics about personal finance, but to do so in a way that is fun, memorable, and inspiring.
The importance of this program cannot be understated. Knowing how to manage money is as essential a life skill as feeding oneself. It is never too early to learn, nor can it ever be too late. It should begin from the earliest ages, in grade school, and continue throughout our lives. And most importantly, learning these materials should be fun, inspiring, and empowering.
We sincerely hope that our financial literacy programs make an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of those who take them.