In a landmark decision last week, the province announced that financial literacy will now be a required credit for high school graduation, a move welcomed by educators and advocates who have long championed just that.
Cindy Lowe is one such southwest voice who has actively fought for this change throughout her career, and she was ecstatic to hear the news.
For the financial literacy course developer at Sask DLC, this marks a career-long passion dating back to the 90s when she recognized the need while working as a banker.
"I don't think anyone can argue against financial literacy for students," said Lowe. "Kids are taking the class, but we're not seeing everybody take the class. By mandating, you ensure that every student gets access to this class. It's a huge win for our students."
The move towards mandatory financial literacy education is viewed as a significant step forward in ensuring that all students are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed financial decisions, setting them up for success.
She emphasized the importance of financial literacy for marginalized communities, including low-income individuals, newcomers to Canada, Indigenous people, and women.
"We want to teach everyone finance, but I think those communities stand to benefit hugely," Lowe remarked.
The decision to include financial literacy as a graduation requirement is seen as a universal competency that transcends age, demographics, race, religion, and gender.
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