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Better start teaching Business Basics to Future Founders from school itself

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Teaching financial literacy early makes way for a generation of informed, self-assured, and competent minds. Schools, parents, and technology all have a very crucial role to play in this endeavour. Their commitment to promoting financial literacy equips future founders with the tools to build flourishing businesses, break new ground, and make positive contributions to society says Lalit Arora, Assistant Professor, EDII Ahmedabad

A comprehensive understanding of the basic financial principles goes beyond managing personal finances and lays the building blocks for entrepreneurial success. Research indicates that individuals exposed to financial education are more likely to exhibit prudent financial behaviours (Kaiser & Menkhoff, 2017). Not only do they have more savings and less debt but they also tend to make smarter investment decisions.

Financial literacy revolves around skills and knowledge necessary to make well informed strategic financial decisions. For future founders, these skills and knowledge translate into their ability to create, manage, and grow a business. Financial decision making involves complex concepts such as budgeting, saving, investing, and understanding credit, which are crucial for both personal financial health and business management. It is extremely important that future disruptors receive intense financial education at a “teachable moment” i.e. early in life so as to demystify these concepts and apply them effectively in the business.

Empowering the Next Generation with Financial Education in Schools

As learners become a part of school-based ventures and entrepreneurship clubs, textbook theories come alive. A customer complaint becomes their problem-solving moment. They’re not just memorizing; they’re doing. This experience pushes them to think on their feet, see the bigger picture and become a leader, a creative thinker – developing skills that’ll set them apart long after graduation.

A number of initiatives have been implemented to encourage students to master these crucial skills. The National Financial Literacy Assessment Test (NFLAT) by the National Centre for Financial Education (NCFE), a body promoted by the RBI, SEBI, IRDAI, and the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority, evaluates financial knowledge in school students from Class 6 to 12.

With a forward-thinking approach, many Indian Schools are providing students with an opportunity to explore more complex topics such as investment analysis, credit scores, and the stock market as they progress in their learning journey. Owing to the continual and rapid evolution of the economic landscape of the nation, the need for financial literacy among the youth cannot be overlooked any more.

Leveraging Technology for Financial Education

Learning finance basics can become not only widely accessible but also vastly interesting with interactive apps, online courses, or simulation games. Applications which imitate stock trading or handling business situations virtually significantly help students learn without risking their money. The virality of social media platforms can be used to share financial tips and success stories and to create a cross-cultural community of informed and motivated young entrepreneurs.

The Role of Parents and Guardians

While schools play their pivotal roles, parents and guardians are equally important in reinforcing the financial literacy lessons at home. Encouraging open discussions about money, involving children in financial planning and budgeting, and encouraging them to practice prudent financial behaviour significantly influences a child’s financial attitudes and habits (Jorgensen & Savla, 2010). Small gestures like giving a daily or monthly allowance to a child can go a long way in helping them make balanced financial decisions. Learners in higher education institutes with a keen interest in entrepreneurship can benefit from courses covering business planning, financial modelling, and microeconomics.

Benefits for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Future founders gain an edge with early financial literacy. Knowing how to read financial reports, figuring out profit margins, and handling cash flow provides a strong base for successful ventures. Entrepreneurs can size up risks better, get funding easier, and tackle economic uncertainties with greater stability. Financially literate founders can strategically identify ways to cut costs, use resources optimally, and develop growth strategies for sustainability.

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