HSBC has, for the seventh consecutive year partnered with Junior Achievement South Africa to support the in-school facilitation of the More Than Money programme in primary schools. In addition to the financial partnership, HSBC employee volunteers are trained at the commencement of the programme to facilitate a guide learners through the More Than Money community and business game. The volunteers, armed with an understanding of the principles of the board game visit schools with the likes of; Sandtonview School, Abdullah Bin Salaam Islamic School, Bonwelong Primary and Dr Knak Primary School where they facilitate classroom sessions with grade 5-7 learners using the board game to teach principles of earning, spending, sharing, and saving money.
The programme emphasises social studies content while providing a strong focus on mathematics, reading, and writing skills. The More than Money experience enhances learners’ classroom curriculum. Learners are encouraged to use innovative thinking to learn money-management skills that support positive attitudes towards money.
Through a variety of hands-on activities, learners develop a better understanding of the relationship between what they learn at school and their successful participation in a worldwide economy.
Annually an independent assessment of the programme is conducted. In South Africa, learners understanding of money management is improved substantially. Also, they are now deem entrepreneurship as a viable career path and are seen to be more committed to school.