The second meeting of the Aflatoun teacher training program, took place in January in the facilities of Dr. José María Álvarez Foundation. The meeting was attended by the project coordinators in each of the institutions of the Red EDUCA where the program is taught. Besides presenting the progress of implementation of the program and the planning of activities for 2 months, there was a moment for exchanging points of view on the situations that arise at each institution.
The Aflatoun program is a methodology focused on educating children about their rights, responsibilities and management of its financial resources through social and financial education. This program has been successfully implemented in over 100 countries and EDUCA is the first partner in Mexico.
In February the training for teachers that took place at the Instituto de Educación Integral, I.A.P., Juan Pablo II, in the Querétaro State, was conducted with the issues of self-knowledge, rights and responsibilities, saving and spending, planning and budgeting, as well as social and financial enterprise.
With the addition of 385 children and 14 teachers from this institution to Aflatoun, now a total of 1,485 children and 57 teachers from 7 institutions are implementing the program through EDUCA.
1. The program began on October 1st, with the delivery of children's books and teacher manuals. In this school year, 1,100 children and 48 teachers from 6 schools of 5 educational institutions located in Mexico City, State of Mexico and Queretaro will participate in the Program.
2. We conducted five introductory lectures and awareness for parents, so they know about the program and support the activities and changes in their children.
3. 40 children visited urban gardens west of Mexico City, where they learned about agriculture techniques, that they can implement in their school and thereby contribute to better school environment.
4. We organized a visiit to the Interactive Museum of Economy, where children learned in a friendly way the importance of caring, manage and protect their resources, whether financial or not. On this visit, 4th grade children from different schools, met each other in a friendly atmosphere.
5. In the bi-monthly coordination meeting, we celebrate the exchange of letters between the different Aflatoun clubs, an activity that helps to know each other and strengthen.
During this period the children and youth who participated in the program performed the following activities:
They visited the Casa del Árbol de los Derechos (Tree House of Rights), where they learned to incorporate their rights and preventing risky situations into their daily lives.
They also visited the Museum of Memory and Tolerance, where, through recreational activities, knew the role of the media in creating myths and stereotypes, and to appreciate the different cultures that exist in Mexico, with the intention of avoiding behaviors of discrimination and human rights violations.
There were three contests:
1. Story: Were children reflected their learning in the savings and rights topics.
2. Drawing: The winners were those who showed the focus of each grade, and will be the covers of upcoming books of Aflatoun.
3. Families: The winners demonstrated concrete actions to reduce their consumption of gas, water and electricity.
32 teachers that will be implementing the program, were also trained for the next school year. The beneficiary population of the 5 participating schools where 947 children, 48 teachers and 1,610 parents.
Testimonial of the visit to the Museum of Memory and Tolerance:
"I learned that dialogue is not only talking, but also listening. I also learned that tolerance is something that we must apply to our daily lives. I also learned that a stereotype is the idea that we create a person we do not know, making ideas by judging their physical appearance". Daniel V., student.
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