PITTSBURG — Not all teachers vacationed to a cozy cabin or went to a resort during this past winter break.

One in particular, Pittsburg State University Kelce College of Business Dean Paul Grimes, traveled thousands of miles during his break, but not for ultimate relaxation or a family reunion.
He traveled to one of the world’s largest cities, Jakarta, Indonesia, located on the northwest coast of the world's most populous island of Java.

Grimes went to Jakarta to take part in an international effort by the Global Economic Education Alliance, a non-profit corporation, and trained teachers on developing financial literacy for poor and vulnerable youth.

“The primary goal is to provide training in developing communities to further financial literacy … and improve the quality of life,” Grimes said.

The training includes soft skills, like interviewing and certain business affairs, all of which are essential to any part of daily life, according to Grimes.

“Regardless what vocation they study, they still need to learn how to manage household budgets,” he said.

The program was a week-long teacher workshop with vocational institutions and community colleges.

“We want to help them put economics and financial literacy in their curriculums,” Grimes said.

Grimes was on the assessment side where he helped develop tests to see if the program is successful in that school.

According to a release GEEA, found Jakarta had the need of this training because of its “overpopulation and ecological breakdown, gridlock traffic, and poverty and inequality.”

The city has a population of more than 10 million, not including urban areas which increase the population of 30.2 million.

The program which Grimes participated in is funded by the U.S. Agency for International development. Later this year, the program will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and will have an opportunity to be continued for five years.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.