With schools remaining closed, institutions continue to find innovative ways of keeping children engaged during this time. The Young Ruler Magazine, a leading children’s magazine aimed at empowering children, has held a virtual mini boot camp in Accra.
About 100 children between the ages of 7 and 13 years across the country connected via zoom for the event, which featured activities including financial literacy, a Covid-19 quiz, DIY craft and others. The event also marked the launch of Young Ruler Magazine’s 7th edition, which has partnered with Prudential Life and JA Ghana to deliver the Cha-Ching comic series in the magazine. The award-winning Cha–Ching financial literacy programme was developed by JA Asia Pacific and the Prudence Foundation to teach financial literacy skills to children through cartoons and comics.
Editor of the magazine, Jennifer Burckson, described the Young Ruler Magazine as a useful tool for empowering children to be change agents in society. The magazine, she said, seeks to inspire young children with the stories of children around the world who are impacting their communities. She said through the partnership with Prudential Life Ghana and JA Ghana, the magazine will further empower readers with highly relevant financial literacy skills.
Commenting on the theme of the 7th edition of the magazine, ‘Innovation,’ MD of Jack and Jill school, Mr. Kwadwo Kwakye, commended Young Ruler magazine for their good work and charged the participants to identify problems and look for ways to find a solution, just as innovators of Facebook, the VAR and others had done to improve the way we live.
Head of Marketing and Communication of Prudential Life, Mrs. Frances Baaba Ofori, explained that as part of their community investments, the company focuses on education and health. The Cha-Ching curriculum is designed to train basic school children to make smart money choices. The curriculum, she said, focuses on the money concepts of Earn, Save, Spend and Donate – to empower children to have a better life.
Mr. Joshua Andrews-Egyir of JA Ghana, in his address, said the organisation has seen the remodelling of its activities as a result of COVID-19, and thus welcomed the virtual boot camp as an innovative way to engage children at this time. He urged children to embrace the Cha-Ching comic to learn how to make prudent financial decisions and become better versions of themselves.
Participants of the boot camp were presented with products from sponsors Bel Beverages and Spar (formerly known as Citydia).
One of the participants of the boot camp, Miss Carrie Kwantreng from Gloryhills International school, expressed her excitement about the boot camp – describing it as a “great learning experience”.