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Peter Davies of Lansdowne Partners, Chancellor of the Youth Parliament

In a pioneering effort to teach financial literacy at a young age, veteran investor Peter Davies of Lansdowne Partners recently spoke to Aryan Shekar, the 11-year-old Chancellor of the Exchequer at the Sir David Amess UK Children’s Parliament for primary school pupils.

Joined by five other students from Westminster Under School, Shekar Davies talked about the complicated world of investing, underlining the Children’s Parliament’s mission to equip the next generation with financial literacy.

“The crucial aim is to enforce the development of financial literacy in primary schools across the UK,” Shekar said, echoing Parliament’s aim to engage children aged 7 to 11 with complex financial concepts.

Andrew Fox, Executive Director of the UK Children’s Parliament, emphasized the importance of this venture: “Children have open minds. Primary school is the right age to learn about money, and even about complex financial instruments.”

The interview with Davies marks the first event in Shekar’s series, aimed at demystifying finance through conversations with celebrities from the City of London.

In October 2021, the adult Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, was ‘roasted’ by children’s MPs from Amesbury Primary School in Hindhead, Surrey, for the inaugural Children’s Parliament.

MP for South West Surrey Jeremy Hunt meets and answers questions from pupils at Amesbury Primary school, Hindhead, Surrey. Photo by Steve Reigate

Supported by Wakelet, Microsoft 365 and media partners Business Matters Magazine and The Express, the Children’s Parliament is in its third year of amplifying young voices.

Experienced traders Ed Davies and Lane Clark from TPP serve as advisors and provide a robust financial literacy curriculum.

With the next generation taking the lead, this innovative initiative promises to shape a financially savvy future for Britain’s youth.