Kids Go Cashless at KidZania With T&G Ewallet

This is a good initiative as it can promote financial literacy among Malaysian kids 

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The initiative happens following the latest partnership with TNG Digital Sdn Bhd, making it the first of its kind among its KidZania franchise.

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The Touch and Go Apps will exclusively downloadable only when in KidZania Kuala Lumpur, the kids will be able to trade in KidZos (the KidZania currency) using their own mobile phones or for those without one, a phone loan is made available for their transaction within the award-winning edutainment centre.

Kids will learn about financial literacy through spending their hard-earned KidZos via the mobile application or just by tapping at contactless payment terminals located throughout KidZania Kuala Lumpur.

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“The app enables kids to check their balances online which would make them start thinking about saving and to be more financial-savvy. This is indeed a milestone for us as a role-playing indoor theme park in line with our motto of ‘Learn Life Today’. Helping kids understand financial aspects of earning a living is a key component of what we do here,” said Shahrul Nizar Ahmad, Mayor of KidZania Kuala Lumpur.

He said experts have suggested that financial literacy should be imparted to children as young as kindergarteners, citing preschools in England and Wales, where children are taught to use money, save and donate, which promotes responsible living.

Shahrul Nizar said although Malaysians are more attentive towards financial education and financial planning, the financial literacy gap in the country is acutely pronounced with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reporting Malaysia ranked 20th out of 31 countries tested on financial knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

“This is across the general Malaysian population, what more among the young and children. Thus, what we’re doing here at KidZania Kuala Lumpur together with TNG Digital Sdn Bhd is crucial to inspire positive change among our young Malaysians!

“As the Malay proverb goes ‘Melentur buluh, biarlah dari rebung’, which means if we must nurture and mould someone, it is best to begin while they are still young”.

Its newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer Ignatius Ong, who was the guest of honour at the event said,

“Children in today’s world live in a technology-first environment, with some as young as 10 years owning and proficient with smartphones. As a cashless champion, we want to encourage all Malaysians – whether young or old – to embrace technology and consider going cashless. Through this partnership with KidZania, we are empowering the younger generation to learn about technology as well as financial education in a safe and controlled environment.”

“The younger generation can also act as cashless ambassadors, educating their parents who may be resistant to hop onto the cashless bandwagon on the benefits where convenience at one’s fingertips is key to a cashless lifestyle,” said Ignatius Ong.

With the Touch ‘n Go eWallet, get ahead at KidZania Kuala Lumpur with speedy entrance via the #terusgo lane at the ticketing counter. What’s more, visitors can enjoy 35% off tickets and 10% off merchandise when they use their Touch ‘n Go eWallet!

KidZania Kuala Lumpur is a 80,000 sq feet, kid-sized City offering children the opportunity to try their hands at 100 professions through role playing activities spread across 60 various establishments. Through this experiential journey, children learn to adopt positive behaviours that will help to groom them to handle the demands and challenges of everyday life.

 

Gingerbread Baking Session with White Lodge International Prechool

The children had a fun day learning on how to knead dough, cutting out cookies and decorating the gingerbreadman cookies and finally, cannot resist the temptation to taste the cookies..

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What a great experience for these young small kids to enhance their skill and creativity.

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Thank you to White Lodge International Preschool (White Lodge), these kids have some memorable memories.

White Lodge was borne in Singapore in 1999, with three students and two teachers and armed with the ambition to provide better early childhood education and support to parents and children alike.

Since then, it has enrolled over 10,000 students from more than 30 nationalities to successfully grow into becoming one of the very first preschools in Singapore to recognise the value of creative education to preschool-aged children.

Jayne Nadarajoo, Founding Director of White Lodge Education Group Services, said that she was inspired to establish White Lodge after realising that childhood education tends to focus on academic excellence, with little emphasis on long-term intellectual and emotional growth.

Bringing Creative Education to Malaysia
After two decades since inception, White Lodge has seven schools in Singapore and two in Malaysia.

Newly-opened White Lodge Bangsar South and Mont Kiara offer a range of learning facilities for children aged 18 months to six-and-a-half years old. The White Lodge syllabus invites children to explore and learn creatively but at their own pace. Providing flexible two-, three- or five-day programmes, the preschool and childcare provide options for parents to suit their needs.

White Lodge offers a variety of programmes for children aged 18 months to six and a half years in an environment where it includes an orientation towards mastery and students are fundamentally motivated to demonstrate mastery rather than just good grades.

“Early childhood education is undoubtedly one of the most crucial phases children go through as they are taught the many life skills on how to approach the world. Other than learning academic lessons, children at White Lodge are fundamentally equipped with wider skillsets such as awareness, respect, and social interaction – all of which are crucial elements to thrive in a rapidly changing world,” Jayne said.

To help children fulfil their true potential, White Lodge also adopts a uniquely-designed educational programme to foster their growth and development into unique individuals. This is enhanced by a child-centred learning environment that facilitates active learning, involvement and discovery through a hands-on approach that equip them with the confidence, skills and abilities to succeed in school and beyond.

Specially-Adapted Programmes and Theories for Child Development

White Lodge incorporates the creative approach from the United Kingdom National Curriculum and the theories of High Scope, Reggio Emilia and Howard Gardner into the curriculum to ensure personalised learning. This is so that children are empowered to be independent and responsible for their own learning.

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