Designed for Year 9 - 11 students, SMART$ combines theatre and workshop elements to encourage audience input and engagement.
The performance tells the story of three young people as they navigate various everyday financial decisions. It demonstrates the potential impacts of decisions including savings, deferred payment schemes, credit card use and KiwiSaver.
By telling a story that is relevant to young people through actors that they can relate to, students explore the learning points and feel comfortable contributing to the workshop elements and further discussion.
SMART$ was launched in May 2020, and has since been touring secondary schools nationwide.
Read the SMART$ Outcome Summary.
SMART$ Online is a free resource that can be used with students before or after the theatre-in-education performance. It has been designed to be used by teachers of any subject is perfect for form time, mentor or hauora classes. SMART$ Online contains four modules covering essential financial literacy topics. Each module contains a 2.5 minute entertaining video, followed by 5-8 quiz questions encouraging students to test their understanding.