One of the projects we are running is called TEEEP, which stands for The Economic and Entrepreneurial Education Programme. The purpose of TEEEP is to teach the children basic economic principles and to excite them about the possibilities of entrepreneurship, including the impact that the economy has on the environment and the community.
TEEEP was launched in Pietermaritzburg with Scottsville Primary Grade 5 learners where they Discovered their Economic World,which is the name of the first unit in The Economics and Entrepreneurship Education Programme (TEEEP), a sequential curriculum for children in the middle grades. Unit 1 introduces children to basic economic concepts and focuses on helping them learn critical decision-making skills. This knowledge is essential in helping children build their own abilities to create a better future for themselves and for others through developing workforce and entrepreneurial skills. Through these lessons, children learn that the power of their decision-making can open doors of opportunities.
The new programme was launched at Cumberland Nature Reserve where the kids camped for one night and was introduced to Thembi the Explorer. They focused on what is valuable to them and scarcity. After camp, the Economics Explorers would come to the YMCA every Wednesday after school from 2pm – 4pm to learn about Economics through fun and play.
The 20 Economics Explorers who started their journey on the 15 August 2015 all received awards on Wednesday, 9th December 2015 and completed Unit 1 with flying colours. They all progress to Unit 2 in 2016.
Well done Scottsville Primary Grade 5 Learners and special thanks to Mr Nefdt (Head Master) and Mrs Petersen (Grade 5 teacher) for making this possible.