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IMALIANTS COACHES for StarSaver™ Aflatoun Clubs

ImaliAnts Coaches/facilitators are a closed group of The Banking Association South Africa’s dedicated cohort of Social and Financial Education facilitators with guidance on child- centred teaching methodology by Aflatoun, the Child Social and Financial Education programme. Aflatoun is The Netherlands-based partner of StarSaver™ of the Banking Association South Africa and operates in 109 countries.

Read more about Coach duties, Coaching and the reasoning behind the concept. (click)

Coach duties:

    • Training
    • Facilitating
    • Mentoring
    • Honing leadership skills
    • Nurturing learners through holistic social and financial empowerment
    • Collaborating with teachers, fellow coaches and members of the community

Ethos and Standard Behaviour – demand for a high level of commitment to child friendly tactics that result in socially and financially empowered youth. Integrity, Empathy, Dignity, Respect

  • Coaches demonstrate respect for others’ right to privacy and maintain the integrity, confidentiality and privacy of any information concerning the Banking Association and learners provided to them in the course of their engagement with the programme.
  • The Coaches are mostly unemployed graduates, matriculants, gap year students etc. who also benefit from this training as they gain work experience, develop soft and inter-personal skills, people management and training.

Coach and Coaching

Coaching is training or development in which a person called a "coach" supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. The learner is sometimes called a "coachee".

  • Occasionally, "coaching" may mean an informal relationship between two people, of whom one has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the latter learns; but coaching differs from mentoring in focusing on competence specifics, as opposed to general overall development.
  • Some coaches use a style in which they ask questions and offer opportunities to challenge the learner to find his or her own answers. This helps the learner find answers and new ways of beingbased on their own values, preferences and perspectives.
  • A coach (unlike traditional supervisors) leads more through collaborating than through 'directing.' Also sometimes called coordinator, facilitator or mentor. Coaching is more about extending traditional training methods to include focus on

Why ImaliAnts?

Ever heard of King Solomon’s Proverbs 6:6 in the Bible? Then the King Wrote:

“Go to the ant, you sluggard one; consider its ways and be wise! An ant is an animal of little strength, yet it is exceedingly wise. It has no commander, no leader, no overseer, ruler or chief. Yet it prepares and gathers its food at harvest and stores its provisions in summer, getting ready for winter, so that when winter and time of hibernation comes it has no worry but plenty to eat. How long will you lie there, you sluggard one? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity will attack you like an armed man/robber.”

The Ant is small yet, it thinks for the future and its wellbeing.  The question is how? It saves enough food during summer that will last for the whole winter. Ants cannot survive on the land in winter, they hibernate, and that is why they gather food during summer for winter season.  The “Mali-Ants” will be empowering the society to be financial literate so that they know how to save for the future just like the Ant does.

■     Imali is a Zulu word meaning Money

■     Reasoning behind the Concept and Logo are therefore based on the bible verse of King Solomon’s Proverbs, chapter 6, verse 6.

ImaliAnts concept source: Charlotte Sibiya and Nombuso Sibiya, Youth Ambassadors of StarSaver™ from Sidungeni High School, now university students

TIPS for Volunteers

VOLUNTEERISMis the backbone of the StarSaver™ programme. We are eternally grateful to our volunteer bankers and financial sector professionals who become “teachers for 67 minutes” in line with Mandela Day as they “Take action, Inspire change”.

  • “Volunteers are seldom paid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!”(Author unknown)
  • Volunteers don’t just do the work, they make it work.” (Carol Pettit)

Volunteerism is an important expression of citizenship.   READ FURTHE

  • “Speak to be heard, speak to be understood.”(Dr.Gcina Mhlophe – Endorsing Voice of StarSaver™)
  • Apply the child/learner-centred approach of Aflatoun child social and financial education and bear in mind that children learn best through PLAY.
  • Learners have varying degrees of ability, be prepared to modify your lesson plan and explain information in simple terms that the learners will be able to understand.
  • When the learners are working on a worksheet, if you get asked the same question by two or more learners, explain it again to the whole class.
  • When a learner asks a question, repeat the question to ensure all the learners heard the question and then answer for everyone to hear.
  • Personal stories “stick” – so share them e.g. incorporate your own savings experience and wisdom into the lesson.
  • Remember that children are intelligent therefore ask probing questions to assess the level of understanding before exploring a concept!!!!
  • Relax and have FUN!

IDC Model for presenting a lesson-Adapted from Gray Training

Introduction,Development,Consolidation (IDC)


Lays the foundation for the lesson

Learning Outcome(LO)

  • States the goals the learners need to achieve in the lesson.
  • It should be clearly stated at the beginning of the lesson to help the learner to remember the content of the lesson
Ice Breaker
  • A game, a catchy quotation that will help to grab the attention of your learner.
  • Icebreakers help to stimulate cooperation and participation in a group, they also provide positive momentum.


This is the heart of the lesson; it is where the teaching of the course content takes place.

Transfer of the knowledge

  • Good lessons usually include the answers to the following FIVE questionswho? what? where? when? and where?
Demonstrate the skill
  • Often the facilitator demonstrates the skill before the learner practices it. An example would be doing he budget as a class first before the learners can attempt on their own.



A chance for the learners to pull all the threads of the lesson together

Reflection and Debriefing
  • Reflection is the opportunity we give learners to step back and consider what they have learnt. It is a key opportunity for the learner to make sense of the learning. This should be encouraged throughout the lesson not only at the end
  • Debriefing occurs when the learner shares their insights and conclusions with the group. This is a key opportunity for the facilitator to assess whether key concepts have been grasped

Volunteerism is espoused through the African values of:

  • Ubuntu
  • Tradition
  • Mutual Obligation
  • Community and
  • Inclusion

ICE BREAKERS - some ideas…

  1. CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS-Have learners write down one or two adjectives describing themselves and have each person in class introduce themselves e.g. Fabulous Fikile or Happy Harold
  2. I’VE DONE SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVEN’T DONE-Have each person introduce themselves and state something that they have done that they think no one else in class has done. If someone else has done it, the learner must state something else until he/she finds something that no one else has done.
  3. GETTING TO KNOW YOU – Take a toilet-roll and have each one take between 1 to 5 blocks from it. Zero not allowed! Do not say why. Then after everyone has the blocks in hand, that number of blocks determines the number of things you shall tell us about yourself.
  4. HOW DO YOU FEEL-Ask the learners to write down words or phrases that describe their feelings, list these on the board.Then ask them to write down what you as the teacher are feeling on the first day of your lesson.Briefly comment and together you can discuss the teacher/learner responsibilities or rules
  5. ON THE PLANE-Ask learners to introduce themselves and say who they would like to sit next to on a plane, and explain why
  6. INTERVIEW-Divide the young people into pairs. Ask them to take two minutes to interview each other. Each interviewer has to find two interesting facts about their partner and then present to the rest of the group. Watch the time on this one
  7. DESERT ISLAND-Announce, “You’ve been exiled to a desert island for a year. In addition to the essentials, you may take one piece of music, one book(not the Bible) and one luxury item you can carry with you (not a boat). What would you carry and why?”
  8. TALL STORIES-The leader starts a story with a sentence that ends SUDDENLY. The next person has to add to the story with his own sentence that ends with SUDDENLY. Continue the story until everyone has contributed.
  9. GOOD OR NEW-Ask each learner to share something good or new that they have experienced in the last 24 hours.
  10. MY NAME-Have learners introduce themselves and tell what they know about why they have their name(their mother wanted to name them after a famous TV star etc.)It could be first, middle or nickname.
  11. CREATIVE HIGH 5’s-With a partner, come up with as many creative ways to give them a high 5as they can in 60 seconds. Under the leg, behind the back etc. Volunteers can then demonstrate.

Volunteerism is encouraged!

Financial Literacy (FinLit) Spelling Bee

Financial Literacy (FinLit) Spelling Bee

Phew!!!! Your word is…… Shhh shhh…you cannot assist the competitor. There are prizes galore for the winners. You can either be a Speller Bee or a Worker Bee. FinLit Spelling Bee is an accessory project of the StarSaver™ programme of The Banking Association South Africa.

Welcome to the spell zone – the FinLit Spelling Bee. Spelling can be fun and easy if you join the 1st ever spelling bee competition focusing on financial literacy. Our primary target group is EMS learners in grades 7 to 9. The FinLit Spelling Bee augments the Department of Basic Education’s Spelling Bee for grades 4 to 6 introduced in 2014.

Spellers kindle interest in financial literacy, an aspect of the Economic Management Science (EMS) school subject. Finance touches our everyday lives. Spelling forms the basis for language development. So speller bee let us get cracking!Tips to be a Spelling Guru follow.

25 TIPS for Star Spellers

  1. Think in English
  2. Read a lot
  3. Practise
  4. See it, Hear it, Say it
  5. Trace, copy and recall
  6. Pronounce the words correctly
  7. Visualise the words
  8. Write frequently
  9. Memorise spelling patterns through exposure to different texts such as newspapers, novels, blogs, billboards, flashcards etc.
  10. Familiarise with root words (a root is a word or word part from which words grow). Do not confuse prefixes and suffixes.
  11. QU rule – the letter ‘q’ is always followed by a ‘u’
  12. Know the spelling rules and the exceptions
  13. Highlight the hard parts or say the hard part loudly
  14. Reverse chain by syllable or letter – say the word, write it and say each letter (be enthusiastic and expressive)
  15. The brain acquires spelling through images (Mental Orthographic image)
  16. Avoid looking at misspellings
  17. Copy spell words at least 10 times
  18. Determine the type of learner you are – kinetic/visual/musical/rhythmic etc. Use to practise
  19. Keep diary/journal/notebook of words you misspell regularly
  20. Personalise your word study
  21. First test, then study
  22. Form relevant associations
  23. “When 2 vowels go walking, the 1st one does the talking’’ e.g. team, coat and wait
  24. This may be the best known spelling rule: ‘i’ before ‘e’, except after ‘c’, unless it sounds like ‘ay’ as in neighbour or weigh. IE words – believe, field, relief; CE words – ceiling, deceit, receive; EI words – freight, reign, sleigh. Exceptions:either, foreign, height, leisure, protein and weird
  25. Don’t rely on electronic spell checks!

WINNERS of Inaugural FinLit Spelling Bee held at The Big Hole, Kimberley Diamond Mine Museum, Northern Cape Province on 9 March 2015 at the 8th annual national launch of StarSaver™. 6schools competed:

On 19 March 2015, at Hammersdale in KwaZulu-Natal another FinLit Spelling Bee competition was held with the StarSaver™ Aflatoun Club members from 2 schools. Way to go for the winners:

1stNompilo Tshabalala (Grade 8) and 2ndOlwethu Lombo (Grade 8) both of Intakemazolo Combined School, and 3rdAndiswa Ndimande (Grade 10)of Phezulu High School.

KEY ACTIVATIONS of FinLit Spelling Bee

  1. Gauteng – Apartheid Museum on Thursday, 23 July 2015
  2. KwaZulu-Natal – Albini Girls High School on Thursday, 30 April 2015
  3. Mpumalanga – Bongani Mountain Lodge on Wednesday, 17 June 2015

ELIGIBILITY– priorityisgiven to StarSaver™ Aflatoun club members to compete in the FinLit Spelling Bee.

FinLit WORD List Teaser

Account, Allowance, Banking, Blacklist, Consolidate, Debt, Deposit, Entrepreneurship, Financial, Insurance, Interest, Investment, Judgment, Ledger, Mitigate, Obsolete, Ombudsman, Payment, Outstanding, Payment, Stokvel, Repossess, Withdrawal
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