In conjunction with World Children’s Day, Goodday Milk recently launched Goodday KidSTART, Malaysia’s largest-ever kid-preneur programme aimed at catapulting the business dreams of bright, savvy and passionate children between ages 7 and 14.
The programme takes place following Goodday Milk’s 2021 Goodday Milk “Happee PPE Campaign”, which saw kids all over Malaysia design joyful new looks to the otherwise mundane-looking Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worn by frontliners, treating their peers hospitalised with Covid-19.
The winners were each awarded an RM10,000 education fund with their designs printed on 10,000 units of PPE’s.
Launched on 21st November 2022, Goodday Milk wanted to continue their commitment towards the community and children by bringing goodness to them in the form of financial literacy through the path of entrepreneurship.
At a glance in the region, 30%* of parents start teaching their children about money at the average age of 7-10 years, with 36%* of Malaysian parents beginning as early as 5-6 years old*.
While it is an encouraging number, many parents are still unsure how to approach what is considered a sensitive topic in Asian culture or where to find helpful information.
Additionally, surveys showed that most parents believe that someone else is teaching their children about money and finance, with 80%** assuming it is a part of the school syllabus.
Statistics also show that during the recent Covid-19 pandemic, 53% of adults admitted to being unable to support their families.
The pandemic has undoubtedly shown us that sound and sensible financial understanding is needed to weather the toughest storms.
Another survey by the Securities Commission Malaysia found that Malaysian youths are generally unable to manage their finances well, with most having low financial literacy.
Many also prioritised short-term financial goals and spend beyond their means, resulting in debts.
This lack of awareness highlights an ever-growing need for parents and kids to start discussing good financial habits, especially from a young age. This will ensure that children have the knowledge they need to be sustainable in the future.
Amy Gan, VP of Marketing, said, “At Goodday Milk, we want to equip children with the right knowledge to develop strong money habits early on as this will ensure them a financially secure future.
By instilling confidence and imparting skills required to fuel a child’s entrepreneurial spirit, we are teaching our future-driven generation to understand the concept of money so they can make responsible financial decisions.
She added, “We urge parents all over Malaysia to encourage their child’s participation and take this opportunity to showcase their talent and potential with the hopes of becoming Malaysia’s first Goodday KidSTART kid-preneur!”
Due to an overwhelming response particularly from parents requesting for more time, submissions for the Goodday KidSTART programme are now open from 21st November 2022 to 25th January 2023 to make way for more potential kid-preneurs.
Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this extension and send in a short video of their children’s pitch to Goodday Milk Malaysia via Facebook direct messaging https://www.facebook.com/gooddaymilkmalaysia or GooddayMilk via Instagram’s direct messaging @gooddaymilkmy
The video should consist of three parts;
- An introduction
- Their inspiration to start a business
- The quick elevator pitch of their idea
Following the nine-week submission period and shortlisting process, 20 finalists will advance to the next stage to attend a 2-day intensive boot camp in February 2023.
Children will be mentored and taught the necessary skills and abilities to successfully pitch their ideas to a panel of judges featuring social entrepreneurs Anja Juliah Abu Bakar from Athena Empowers and Faridah Halina from Coffee for Good as well as kid-preneurs, Iszuddin Izham from S.A.F.E and Sara Ann from Sara Ann Surpise Soap.
Prize funds from a pool of RM50,000 await the winners of the Goodday KidSTART kid-preneur programme to bring their business ideas to life!
The Goodday KidSTART kid-preneur programme runs from 21st November 2022 to 12th February 2023. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/gooddaymilkmalaysia.
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