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Me & MyCity provides young people with competencies for the future

Me & MyCity

Finland
All school children should have access to basic skills in economy and working-life. Me & MyCity -learning module helps pupils to be more prepared for further studies and working-life. It gives young people the first touch of working-life and supports their growth into functioning members of society.
Introduction

What is Me & MyCity?

Pupil, 12 year-old
“I learned how to interact with different people and how to be responsible and use money. Me & MyCity is the best thing I ever experienced at school”

Pupil, 12 year-old

What we do?

Me & MyCity (Yrityskylä) is a Finnish learning innovation for 12-13-year-old pupils. Me & MyCity -learning module teaches skills and knowledge about economy, working life and society whilst encouraging an entrepreneurial attitude. A study shows that the Me & MyCity learning module improves the financial literacy of pupils.

The Me & MyCity learning experience includes teacher training, 10 school lessons and a day in the Me & MyCity learning environment. The learning environment is a miniature city where the pupils work in real companies and occupations. For one day, pupils get to run the city by themselves and act as employees and citizens as a part of society. The learning experience is supported by a custom-designed digital game system that demonstrates the circulation of money.

75% of the age group in Finland participate in the Me & MyCity -learning experience. The innovation brings together cities, municipalities, companies and learning institutions. According to the pupils’ feedback, they get excited about working-life and say that the Me & MyCity -experience is The Best Schoolday Ever!

Why we do it?

The future of societies is defined by what kind of capabilities young people develop for acting as part of society and for further developing it. The better societal knowledge and skills the young people have, the easier it is for them to transfer to working life, influence the environment around them and, possibly, become entrepreneurs.

We want to help young people flourish as members of society. Our method is to offer them experiences of success in the fields of the economy, working life, society and entrepreneurship in a high-quality pedagogical learning environment.

Me & MyCity -learning concept is developed and run in Finland by a non-profit organisation, Economy and Youth TAT. EduTAT education export company (owned by TAT) makes the  learning concept available to everyone. 

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Innovation Overview
12 - 13
Age Group
272 000
Children/Users
2
Countries
2010
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
140
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Me & MyCity -learning concept consists of Me & MyCity digital game system, pedagogical material (Me & MyCity -exercise book, teacher guide and pedagogical occupation scripts) and learning environment. Requires co-operation with cities (or schools), companies and learning institutions.
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Essi Lehtovaara
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The Effects of Me & MyCity on Primary School Students' Financial Knowledge and Behavior
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