A unique programme launching in the Bay in April will enable four to six year olds to explore concepts like money and entrepreneurship through play.
The programme, called TinyPreneurs, is run by national organisation Young Entrepreneurs, which aims to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and build financial literacy among children and teens throughout South Africa, as a response to the country’s high unemployment rate.
“The TinyPreneurs programme is an innovative educational experience for very young children, as they follow the journey and stories of a puppet called ‘Moolah, the pig’,” said Ansulene Prinsloo, who heads up the Port Elizabeth branch of Young Entrepreneurs.
Moolah stands in the child’s shoes and asks questions or admits confusion around themes of entrepreneurship and money, connecting emotionally and intellectually with the child.
The puppet’s stories are followed by activities that challenge the child to apply what “Moolah has learned” to their own life. These activities include imaginary play, craft time, storytelling, puzzles, games, planning tasks, matching, sorting, memory skills, and so on.
“Children get to explore, understand and embrace the concept of entrepreneurship and money from an early age, as well as showcasing their talent and creativity,” said Prinsloo.
With classes run by a trained TinyPreneurs facilitator, some of the topics that will be covered are: What is money? Where does money come from? What money can’t buy, Spend and save, Mommy pays with her card, What is a business? and Moolah’s ice cream business.
Each TinyPreneur will also start their own micro business.
TinyPreneurs was developed by Danie Jacobs, CEO and Founder of Young Entrepreneurs, in collaboration with Schoeme Grobler, who is an experienced puppeteer, who specifically works with small children.
“The programme supports the child’s desire at this age to learn through cooperative playing and social interaction,” said Prinsloo.
“Apart from the fun group activities, each child will ultimately learn about business, by being given the freedom to exercise their own individual creativity.”
The TinyPreneurs classes will be facilitated at Young Entrepreneurs, 87 Main Road, Walmer on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 2.30pm, and on Saturday mornings from 9am to 9.30am.
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