Financial Literacies sessions help learners deal with the financial transactions they come across in their day-to-day lives, including understanding payslips, credit card costs, paying bills, and an overview of in- and out-of-work benefits. Designed around the needs, interests and numeracy levels of learners, these classes take some of the stress out of money-management.
Financial Citizenship sessions examine the political economy shaping our personal and collective wealth, and equip learners with the knowledge and understanding needed to campaign for political and economic change.
Welfare reforms, the financialisation of everything, on-going austerity cuts and the growth of online banking means that the need for strong financial literacy skills has never been greater. Good financial literacy skills can help learners manage their finances more effectively, developing the knowledge and understanding needed to know their rights, budget, choose the right contracts and ensure they are being paid properly. WEA financial literacies tutors work with learners to develop financial literacies sessions that answer learners’ questions. Far from the impractical school maths lessons that might have put them off numbers in the first place, these sessions will equip participants with the skills and confidence to take control of their finances.
However, financial literacy can move beyond our compulsion to manage our personal finances, equipping learners to become more active citizens. The WEA’s Financial Citizenship sessions look at questions like ‘what is profit?’ and examine welfare reform, equal pay struggles and the unequal division of wealth. Learners develop the understanding of our current political economy required to campaign for political and economic change.
For more information or to arrange a taster session, please contact Bex Walker: [email protected]