The ever-increasing financialization and complexity requires financial literacy to be an integral part of the research agenda and of global policy making, in particular in the European Union. This is particularly true for developed countries, as research results suggest, financial literacy becomes more important with higher levels of economic development.
Financial literacy is important for the EU for three reasons:
- In the face of a rapidly ageing population, the pressure on the pension system could be alleviated by shifting to professional and personal insurance systems;
- Mortgage debt accounts for a large share of the total debt of euro area households;
- Financial literacy is negatively associated with the main elements of inclusive growth in the EU, namely poverty, inequality, social exclusion and social immobility.
Financial literacy can therefore help to access the benefits of economic growth and contribute to the agenda for inclusive growth in the EU. Additionally, having a clear knowledge of financial management helps new entrepreneurs to create and sustain innovative startups without running out of cash, even in the case of successful products being sold on the market.
These were the premises that in 2016 prompted a consortium of educational and business organizations to join together to produce innovative educational material in this area.
The partnership was composed of expert educational organizations with consolidated experience in the field of training professionals and entrepreneurs such as CONFORM (Italy), BICERO (Slovenia) and FUNIBER (Spain) and a wide range of business support organizations representing small and medium enterprises: a business incubator, The Hive(Italy) and many networks of enterprises such as SATEAN(Romania), Italian-Luxembourgish Chamber of Commerce (Luxembourg), RES and CBE (both from Belgium). This way the partnership represents large part of the European Union, ensuring a profitable contamination and a more effective dissemination and exploitation of project results.
At first, the project produced a series of methodological documents to help the partnership and other professionals to better understand the current situation of financial education levels in different countries
These documents paved then the way for the production of the training course, specifically aimed toward the skill gaps emphasized by the research. The Training course was the core product of the project and is a multimedia training course where classic teaching materials such as slides and texts (https://succeed.bicero.com/results/io4-learning-package) are the base support for a more complex learning experience embodied by the Online Course, freely accessible on the project website ( https://succeed.bicero.com/results/IO5-MOOC).
The project also delivered guidelines on how to design, create and implement an innovative use of MOOCS and how to deal with complex elements of teaching on the topic of financial issues teaching. Every product delivered by the project could hopefully be used in the future as the base of more up to date studies on entrepreneurial and financial skills level in Europe. The consortium of the SUCCEED project hopes to have contributed with an impactful amount of innovation to the effort of the European Union to improve the financial literacy level of the common citizens and the entrepreneurs alike.