It is quite an intriguing risk for us to start a program in a field which is considered as ‘bad for kids as Sex Education’, which is about economy, money, taxation, investment, stock market, etc., etc. I call it intriguing because while human behaviour fascinates me, I am even more fascinated by the behaviour of the ‘Indian human’.
I can narrate a couple of short stories to drive the entire idea home. I distinctly remember how I used to read about the Stock Market and find daily prices of the top 30 companies which formed the base of our BSE Sensex while I was a 10 year old 5th grader. I would talk to my dad and, even, advice on what stocks to look into. To this my mother would think that I am a kid and definitely should not be involved with such ‘activities’. Another incident is one where being an 8 year old, I would talk at home about not eating eggs or fish eggs (I have nothing against the food items and they both taste wonderful) because we are killing a business here! My idea was why buy and eat an egg for Rs 1.5 when it can be grown into a full sized chicken and sold for Rs 45 (then the price) within a few months. The cost of growing the chicken would roughly be Rs 20. And a similar story for the fish egg which was even more profitable as every fish egg cluster has 1000+ eggs!
I think it is important for us to let kids start learning about the whole concepts of micro and macro economics bundling it with life skills for them to have a basic idea of life around them as economics form a very important role in our day to day life be it at home or work.
I leave the point of accepting the same to our modern active parents who know that we are earnestly working on this program to prepare their kids for a better and more secure life ahead. The choice is theirs and we, at Gyan Lab, know and respect the same.
Written by: Priyadeep
Founder and CEO of ADD-on-GYAN | Entrepreneur | Educator | Creator of Gyan Lab