An enthusiastic and varied audience gathered in Roma for the next consultation
meeting of the Taskforce on 1 July 2004. Generational issues were raised including
the financial needs of retirees and pre-retirees. Other topics of discussion
included how to effectively communicate the financial literacy message to young
people. Suggestions ranged from using role models from the same generation to
education programs targeting major purchases such as cars and mobile phones.
Young role models
Lara St. John is a young local business advisor who works with young people
in the ‘Step up Foundation’. This program promotes successful
young people as role models to others in the same age group. Lara has found
that those in the program are greatly motivated by seeing the success of
people who come from the same background as themselves and with whom they
can identify. Lara’s mother, Robin St. John is a school principal
in Roma and strongly supports financial education in schools.
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Roma school principal, Robin St. John, talks to Paul Clitheroe about financial
education in schools. Once again, Paul was delighted to see the positive
influence that family can play in financial education, with Robin being
the mother of local business adviser Lara St. John.
The head of the Secretariat to the Taskforce, Mr Simon Cobcroft, addresses
the Roma meeting.