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The Aflatoun programme seeks to empower children through a balance of social and financial education. Children are taught to believe in themselves, know their rights and responsibilities, understand and practice saving and spending, as well as start their own innovative enterprises. Their global movement works with over 800,000 children aged 6 - 18 in over 85 countries and involves organizations in the public, private, and charitable sectors. The programme is in schools and non-formal education centers in 54 of these countries.

Aflatoun success is the result of three factors:

  • The Aflatoun Concept is Child Social & Financial Education (CSFE) balances social and financial education with a focus on children.
  • The Aflatoun Program brings the concept to children through a balanced curriculum of fun workbooks and activities.
  • The Aflatoun Network consists of implementing partners, who contextualise and implement the Aflatoun programme in their countries, donors, financial institutions, international NGOs, governmental institutions, academic and research institutions.

Aflatoun materials include:

Workbook 1 (6-7 years)
Emphasizes an understanding of everybody being unique and special and introduces the concept of savings.

Workbook 2 (7-8 years)
Encourages children to see the interdependence existing in their family, community and the world. Communicates the universality of savings and its holistic meaning.

Workbook 3 (8-9 years)
Initiates a process of self-exploration and sensitises children to the feelings of others. Transparency and financial ethics are introduced as integral concepts when dealing with money.

Workbook 4 (9-10 years)
Builds children's sense of responsibility for their decisions as well as their sense of pride about saving. Encourages them to save and spend collectively in activities they organize together.

Workbook 5 (10-11 years)
Introduces and expands on the concept of child rights and the UNCRC, hand-in-hand with responsibilities. Children deepen their knowledge about money.

Workbook 6 (11-12 years)
Reinforces the importance of rights in every child's life and simultaneously explores issues of marginalisation in society. Introduces children to financial institutions and develops their saving, spending, planning and budgeting skills.

Workbook 7 (12-13 years)
Encourages children to investigate the situation of marginalized children. Promotes the definition of financial goals and the development of social and financial enterprise activities.

Workbook 8 (13-14 years)
Encourages self-reflection and looks deeper into issues of stereotypes and prejudices on issues such as gender. Further develops financial capabilities through financial enterprise.

The Aflateen Manual (15-18 years)
This Manual is a guide for adult or peer educators and/or facilitators. The programme encourages young people to reflect on their lives, to explore issues and problems in society and acquire life skills that help them become engaged citizens.

The Non-Formal Education Manual (6-18 years)
This Manual is a guide for facilitators to use with non-formal education learners (e.g. children in need of special protection who are in child care homes) and children learning in non-formal settings. The Manual contains various activities that will help the children attain the objectives of the Aflatoun programme and develop the core competencies Aflatoun seeks to inculcate among children.

Each month, Aflatoun provides updates in their newsletter on activities in individual countries. The following are new programmes reported in the month indicated.

Bolivia
Aflatoun partner Cilaj has been coordinating with local institutions in Santa Cruz to implement Aflatoun. They are currently delivering Aflatoun Child Social and Financial Education (CSFE) to over 150 children and youth.

On the 28th of February, Cilaj started a non-formal education programme with 26 children and youth with Epua Kuñuatai, an organisation working with children and youth with HIV.

On the 3rd of March, the Salesian school in St. Dominique started the Aflatoun programme reaching 95 children and 46 youth. (March, 2011)

Tajikistan
Three partners bring Tajikistan live!

Aflatoun partner Saodat has teachers in three rural schools in the Spitamen region bringing Aflatoun to 130 students. They are learning about Aflatoun on a regular basis as an extra-curricular activity.

Another partner, Youth Initiatives for Development, has had an Aflatoun pre-pilot since late 2010 for 40 children and youth at their Non-Formal Education centre in Khujand. They have since grown to around 170 children and youth receiving the Aflatoun non-formal education programme.

It is great news to share that a country-level cooperation is growing among the three Aflatoun partners in Tajikistan. Aflatoun's third partner, Mercy Corps Tajikistan, is training 20 teenagers (peer facilitators) and two teachers. They have also integrated Aflatoun into their Child-to-Child health programme and are looking to start Aflatoun in schools by 28 March. (March, 2011)

Botswana
Stepping Stones International, an Aflatoun partner, is bringing Child Social and Financial education to over 150 children and youth in Botswana!

Using the Aflateen programme, they are delivering the programme to 100 children in their non-formal education centre and an additional 57 youth in their HIV teen support group.

Stepping Stones International along with over 80 other partners have helped Aflatoun reach 75 countries over the span of three years. Thank you all for your tremendous work and dedication! (March, 2011)

Azerbaijan
Reliable Future Youth Organization from Azerbaijan now has over 200 Aflatoun students in 10 schools in Baku (the capital) learning Aflatoun on a regular basis, with the help of the national parent-teacher association. Reliable Future translated five Aflatoun books and this month the first book in Azerbaijani is being officially published together with their Ministry of Education. (March, 2011)

Environmental Awareness in Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal
Aflatoun partners in Mali, Burkina-Faso and Senegal are developing a poster for their environmental education component that is a part of their Aflatoun programme. Below is one of their first posters promoting environmental awareness.

The poster is to be displayed in schools and/or classrooms and used by all teachers during Aflatoun activities. (March, 2011)

Laos
Now implementing in Laos. Ekphathana Microfinance Institution recently held a Training of Teachers co-organised with the Ministry of Education. Subsequently, teachers deliver Aflatoun to 500 students in a school in Vientiane, Laos. (March, 2011)

Guinea
Aflatoun partner Association des Jeunes pour le Développement Éducatif en Guinée has launched Guinea-Conakry as Aflatoun's 71st country. Formal and non-formal education curricula are being used, along with our pilot curriculum for youth, Aflateen. The programme is reaching to 455 children and youth. (March, 2011)

Uganda
The Private Education Development Network (PEDN) partnered with Citibank Uganda to bring Aflatoun to 3000 more children. To learn more about their partnership and PEDN and Aflatoun's expansion in Uganda,
click here. (March, 2011)

Colombia
YMCA in Colombia started piloting activities in Bogota, Santander and Tolima! They are reaching more than 150 children and expect to launch in other cities reaching more children. They are the second YMCA, after Lebanon, to adopt the Aflatoun programme. (February, 2011)

Kazakhstan
The Public Organization Centre for Initiative Support has organised several Aflatoun activities, including including attending a Fair of Social Projects with exhibits by government and NGO representatives. Currently 102 children are participating in both the non-formal and formal Aflatoun programmes which is located in South Kazakhstan region. (February, 2011)

Kyrgyzstan
SOS Children’s Villages has started its Aflatoun programme in Bishkek and Cholpon Ata with 380 children and youth. Aflatoun is used to complement four of its existing programmes in schools and non-formal education settings. (February, 2011)

Malawi
Our partner organisation, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-Malawi, has started Aflatoun in its Children Corners programme. Children Corner facilitators and caregivers are now working with 562 children in non-formal settings. This is the first CRS country programme to deliver the Aflatoun programme. (February, 2011)

Mauritius
The Halley Movement has brought Aflatoun to Mauritius. Six non-formal education centres have implemented the programme with 438 children participating. (February, 2011)

Sri Lanka
Coalition for Education Development has started Aflatoun for 1500 children in schools and non-formal education settings in four areas: Sri Indra, Jyothi, Vidyalaya and Battaramulla. (February, 2011)

Zambia
Zambia became the fourth country in which Children International is implementing the Aflatoun programme. It launched with 240 children, aged 7-10, in eight formal schools in Lusaka. (February, 2011)

Chad
Chad joined the Aflatoun Network, bringing Child Social and Financial Education to our 62nd country. Via SET (Syndicat des Enseignants du Tchad), Chad launched its pilot programme early January. The programme is piloted in N'Djamena city in one school with 1200 children. (January, 2011)

Georgia
Our partner Foundation for Development of Human Resources (FDHR) in Georgia, in partnership with SOS Kinderdorf, started the Aflatoun programme with children aged 6-15 in non-formal education settings. They began their programme by delivering a five day training over the course of three sessions. With the completion of training and initiation of activities, nine FDHR-SOS Kinderdorf groups, reaching 105 children, are participating in the Aflatoun programme. (December, 2010)

Yemen
With perseverance, Child Protection Initiative (CPI) in Yemen, in collaboration with the municipality of Sana'a city, delivered an introductory session as well as a training of teachers. These sparked CPI's pilot phase where one school is piloting Aflatoun with 120 kids. (December, 2010)

Guinea-Bissau
Organização dos Escuteiros da Guiné-Bissau is implementing the Aflatoun programme in scouting clubs. 150 children are participating in the programme and this number is expected to grow over the coming weeks. (December, 2010)

Lebanon
YMCA has launched the Aflatoun pilot in Beirut and in the south. The programme has started with 150 children. YMCA is now preparing for the Training of Trainers/Teachers to enable expansion of the programme. (December, 2010)

Lithuania
Encourage the Future has begun the Aflatoun programme in all regions of Lithuania. Through ten regional conferences, Aflatoun was introduced to teachers and children from 400 different schools. Around 1000 students were able to experience Aflatoun for the first time. These students and their classmates are continuing to participate in the programme through activities in their schools. (December, 2010)

Morocco
The Bayti Association has launched its Aflatoun programme in non-formal settings. Children currently run a theatrical enterprise. The children request donations in return for performing a theatre piece. The funds raised are saved in their savings boxes. Their savings will be used in a campaign to help poor families in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. (December, 2010)

Niger
Our partner Association pour la Défense des Enfants du Niger (ADENI-DCI) started Aflatoun with 150 children in three pilot classes in Niamey City. The programme will be expanded to all classes in the Hima Yankori school and two other schools in the city. (December, 2010)

Ethiopia
Hiwot HIV/AIDS Prevention Care and Support Organization (HAPCSO) translated the Non-Formal Education Manual into Amharic. After HAPCSO's mid-October Training of Trainers and teachers, it is now implementing the Aflatoun programme in its child-to-child and scout clubs. HAPCSO plans to expand the programme into schools in the coming year. (November, 2010)

Afghanistan
After the training on 4-7 October, the Bureau for Reconstruction and Development started the Aflatoun programme with 150 children in five non-formal education centres in the Kunduz province. (November, 2010)

Mexico
One of our local partners in Mexico, EDUCA, with the support of Scotiabank Mexico, is piloting the Aflatoun programme in three schools - two in Mexico State and one in Mexico City. (November, 2010)

Togo
Federation des Syndicats de l'Education Nationale (FESEN)started the Aflatoun programme in two public school, located in Lomé city. 240 children in levels 1, 2 and 3 are now following the Aflatoun programme. (November, 2010)

Lesotho
After the Training of Trainers organised by UNICEF-Lesotho, Hae Learning Centre and Good Shepherd Centre started implementing the Aflatoun programme, reaching 135 children in non-formal settings. Lesotho's National NFE Inspectorate is overseeing the progress of the programme and will provide support. (October, 2010)

Panama
Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Mujer y la Infancia (IDEMI) began working with 100 children in non-formal settings in the area of Penonomé and intends to introduce the formal curriculum in February 2011 with the support of Profuturo. (October, 2010)

Albania
After a successful training in Diber with 20 participants, Aflatoun is now live in Albania. Partnerë për Fëmijët and Fëmijët Sot are implementing the Aflatoun programme in 20 classes and groups using both formal and non-formal education curricula. (October, 2010)

Mongolia
XacBank started Aflatoun classes for 350 children in 10 rural and urban schools around Mongolia. Opening ceremonies in schools took place across the country in the weeks of 4 and 11 October. Aflatoun classes have also started for children of XacBank's staff. (October, 2010)

Democratic Republic of Congo
Action de Développement pour la Femme et l'Enfant (ADEFE) with 14 trained teachers is now bringing the programme to 405 children in the Bukavu South region. The programme is first focusing on Rights and Responsibilities as well as Personal Understanding before introducing financial elements to the Aflatoun clubs. (October, 2010)

Cameroon
After a training of teachers held on 15-17 September, Cameroon joined as our 50th country with 1670 children participating in the Aflatoun programme in Northern Cameroon. A Peace Corps volunteer is leading this Aflatoun programme with the support of Credit du Sahel, a micro-credit institution. (October, 2010)

Guatemala
ChildFund International announced that teachers, trained by Georgetown/CIED, have been successfully piloting Aflatoun activities in four classes in the area of Chimaltenango, making Guatemala our 51st country. They expect to scale up the pilot programme in February 2011, the beginning of their school year. (October, 2010)

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