The Financial Administration prepared an educationalgame for primary school pupils. The online game called MAJLAND explains playfullywhat taxes are used for and why paying them is important. By launching theproject, the Financial Administration wants to expand the possibilities forpupils to improve their financial literacy knowledge. The game aims to teachpupils how the tax mechanism works and why it is good for the society.
New educational game “MAJLAND”
The Financial Administration has introduced atax-themed game on the website www.majland.sk, which is intended for primaryschool pupils. It explains the complex tax issue playfully. Pupils get anoverview of what services can be provided to citizens for collected taxes orwhether they are harmed by tax evasion as a whole.
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“The issue of strengthening financial literacy inprimary schools is very important to us. As part of raising awareness about theimportance of paying taxes, we have prepared a new feature for the currentschool year - our own online game Majland, in which the player becomes a taxadministrator who collects taxes and also decides on their effective use, ”saidLenka Wittenbergerová. "The game can also be used by teachers to take upfinancial literacy issues directly at schools," the president of thefinancial administration added.
Despite the stylised historical environment, thegame strives to reflect the reality.
Pupils participating in the game will have anoverview of institutions/services that are funded by taxes or why the taxsystem is important for the country. The game of multiple life situationscommunicates through various game events. It is not always clear at firstglance which option is better than the other. An incorrect decision in onescene can influence the whole country and the life of its inhabitants.
The consequences of the decisions are reflected inmeasures such as money in the State Treasury, citizens' satisfaction, the economicvalue of the state or the population. The player decides what level ofhappiness the people in the country will achieve in terms of employment,criminality, health care, etc. H/shee will be convinced of the negative impactthat wrong decisions can have on the citizens of this fictitious country.
The financial report will evaluate the placementof participating pupils once a month and send a small gift to the mostsuccessful ones.
The educational game MAJLAND is another measure bywhich the financial administration wants to contribute to raising the level offinancial literacy for primary school pupils. However, the FinancialAdministration has been carrying out several other activities in this respectfor a long time.
In 2019, tens of school teachers provided freetraining “We learn (learn) taxes” which was designed for school teachersdealing with financial literacy. Over the last two years, members of the FinancialAdministration have participated in 250 educational activities forkindergarten, primary schools, secondary schools, universities, orphanages andpublic events throughout Slovakia, explaining the work of the financialadministration, including practical demonstrations, in various forms.
Along with 24 experts from 16 countries,representatives of the financial administration also participated in thepreparation of a unique TAXEDU web portal for users aged from 9 to 25, of whichthe content is available in 22 EU languages, including Slovak. The portal alsoincludes a folder for teachers to find materials that can be used to teachfinancial literacy.
All these activities prove that we pay dueattention to the topic of financial literacy, recognising its relevance.
Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic