International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s
Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by world leaders in September 2015, promotes, as part of its agenda, universal access to quality education and learning opportunities throughout people’s lives. Sustainable Development Goal 4 has as one of its targets ensuring all young people achieve literacy and numeracy.
The United Nation’s theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Literacy in a Digital World’. On 8 September, 2017 MyDreamConnect put together a special one-day event in Ikotun, Alimosho LGA of Lagos, on FINANCIAL LITERACY – a Program designed for Teenagers to help them learn Saving, Investing, Sharing & Spending habits that will help them to CREATE wealth and SUSTAIN the wealth regardless of the time and season.
The program was tagged The FINANCIAL INTELLIGENT Teenager with the overall aim to look at how to MAKE money, MANAGE money and MULTIPLY money. Using information as our key point of focus, the
following were the KEY LEARNING POINTS
- HOW TO MAKE MONEY, you must act on the 4 Ps of PURPOSE, PLANNING, PRESSING & PRAYER which we called the Demands of Success. Knowing your purpose is a good place to start making money, because what you are wired to do will always fetch you results and the solution you proffer will earn you money. As whoever gives value, values come back to such person in return. After purpose comes planning; every process of making money needs to be properly planned for results – because he who fails to plan has automatically planned to fail. Then when the plans have been done, successful people continues to press until the desired result is achieved per time for the next level of result. While it is very essential to understand and work on the first 3 Ps, it is most essential to engage the last P which is PRAYER at every level of Ps for clarity per time for the success that is demanded.
- HOW TO MANAGE MONEY, it is important that you make a budget and keep records of whatever you spend in cash, kind and other efforts. Even if you do not pay money directly to achieve a purpose on your project, quantify it and attach a cost to it – this is what helps you to keep track of your spending and investments, this was explained in addition to various other steps they need to follow to properly keep records and prepare budgets for all of their projects.
- HOW TO MULTIPLY MONEY, it is very important that you plan how to SELL, INVEST and SAVE the money you make. Selling starts from you, you must first work on having all that is required for you to sell yourself to get into people’s mind to sell your products. Work on your esteem and be bold to walk up to your would-be customers. Because your capacity to investment and save will first be determined by how much sales you make, then how little you spend. If you are a careless spender, you are bound to save and invest poorly.
All the above was taken with case studies and many practical examples within and around the world.
It was surprising and honoring to welcome the presence of representatives from Radio One 103.5fm who came to cover the event just because they heard about it via our online broadcast. It was an amazing experience for the participants who were interviewed, and encouraging for us to know that they aired information about our event at 6pm on September 8.
Our SPECIAL APPRECIATION goes to all our facilitators and mentors – Mr. Temitope Ipaye George, Mr. Kola Adeyanju, Mr. Joshua Handee, Miss Yetunde Macaulay and Mr. Austin Otu who added the task of MCing the event to his original task. To JANET MEMORIAL SCHOOL, we appreciate your kindness.
Even though we had over 45 registrations, we had 33 people in attendance – from Ogba, Maryland, Okota, Festac, Igando, Ikotun and Mowe – despite the heavy downpour. And participants were so much excited to have been part of the program.
COMMENT FROM A PARENT this morning via WHATSAPP:
Thanks so much Yetunde, for these life-impacting programmes; My son was there and he came back with meaningful messages, part of which he passed on to me. E.g. “Never give business for free, even to family and friends, the best you should do is offer a discount”. My wife has been passing this same message across for long, but I always felt like a “giver”.But now that Yetunde has sent my son to me , I have no option than to comply. In fact, I paid for a service I would have received for free from the business.🏽🏽🏽🏽🏽Keep up the good work!
It was a brilliant success!