The Aflatoun fire burns bright and strong in Buenavista, Guimaras as savers from different partner schools joined the activities organized by Buenavista Development Cooperative (BDC) in the recent months. The following photos are taken during their Manggahan Sportsfest, academic recognition ceremonies, and International Aflatoun Day celebrations. Children from all over the island are always eager to participate in activities that would develop their skills, talents, and friendships. Kirby Padilla, Aflatoun Coordinator in BDC and also a National Aflatoun Trainer based in Guimaras, works with his Aflatoun Team to strengthen the implementation of the program in their partner schools. NATCCO's Aflatoun partners all over the country do their best to sustain the program's balanced approach to teaching social and financial education. Congratulations to BDC for constantly nurturing its proactive youth in the spirit of child-friendly social and financial education!
Sta. Cruz Development Cooperative (SACDECO), one of NATCCO's earlier partners in advocating social and financial education, organized an Aflatoun Teachers’ Training on April 22-23, 2015 at Mapandan Central School in Pangasinan. Fifty two (52) teachers from nine (9) schools attended the training together with the Department of Education Supervisor of Pangasinan and four (4) school principals. Kudos to SACDECO for taking the initiative of reorienting their teachers in the spirit of social and financial education through the Aflatoun program!
Not more than a week later, fifty seven (57) teachers from nine (9) different schools attended the Aflatoun Teachers’ Training organized by Mambajao Credit Cooperative (MCC) and NATCCO on April 27-28, 2015 at Villa Paraiso, Mambajao, Camiguin. Mahinog Central School, Mambajao Central School, Yumbing High School, Agoho Elementary School, Camiguin High School, Baylao Elementary School, and Puntod Elementary School were actively represented by their teachers throughout the two-day training. Three (3) representatives from the DepEd Division Office of Camiguin, including the Schools Division Superintendent Roy Angelo E. Gazo, also joined the activities in support of the program’s implementation. Mr. Gazo gave his full commitment in implementing the program in the entire division. His vision is to make Camiguin an Aflatoun island. NATCCO is confident that the program’s roll out in Camiguin will be successfully sustained by everyone’s commitment and motivation.
In fulfillment of NATCCO’s Aflatoun Mother Tongue integration project in partnership with Citi Foundation, the Aflatoun Team conducted a Teachers’ Training on April 16-17, 2015 in the Training Hall of San Dionisio Credit Cooperative (SDCC) – also one of the host co-ops for the Aflatoun Mother Tongue project. Rachelle Alzona, Corporate Citizenship Officer of Citi Foundation, also attended the training and shared her insights to ensure the success of the implementation of the program in schools.
The Teachers’ Training focused on the “Tagalog” integration of Aflatoun concepts and was delivered to the following schools: Sampaloc Site II Elementary School, San Dionisio Elementary School, San Antonio Elementary School, Parañaque Elementary School, La Huerta Elementary School, Parañaque Elementary School Central, and Escuela De San Dionisio.
NATCCO greatly appreciates the support from the Department of Education Division of Parañaque City and likewise, to the dedicated Aflatoun implementers in SDCC. Aflatoun Teachers’ Trainings help develop financially literate teachers who are committed to advocate the program and share its concepts to the children. The Mother Tongue translation project is now live in four areas and the whole network is looking forward to a successful integration of social and financial education that would develop socially capable and financially literate children.
NATCCO's vibrant trainers from all over the country inform and inspire local teachers and other trainers to share the Aflatoun Program to children, teachers, and parents in a child-centered, participatory, and activity-based way. Their commitment to make the program’s implementation active, relevant, and sustainable in the Philippines is truly an inspiration for all Aflatoun partners.
With the success of the recently conducted National Aflatoun Trainers’ Training, NATCCO’s Children & Youth Team has assembled its second batch of national Aflatoun trainers to help answer the growing needs of the network. As more and more partners enter into the Aflatoun program every year, the number of children, teachers, and communities learning the Aflatoun concepts also increase exponentially. NATCCO has revolutionized its Aflatoun Program in accordance to the advent of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K+12 implementation in schools. The National Training of Trainers for Aflatoun Implementers is a strategic and equally essential way to ensure that all partner co-ops, old and new, are able to sustain their involvement in the program, and the further its overall contribution to the country’s educational system.
Twenty five (25) cooperators and local trainers in the program enjoyed a three-day workshop-based training that concentrated on strengthening their expertise on the fundamentals of Aflatoun in terms of its materials, themes, history, alternative learning methods, and facilitation. The sessions also delved into developing different skills such as questioning, process observation, active listening, pitching/marketing, applying the program’s core elements, and using interactive techniques such as Image Theater and storytelling. A re-entry planning session allowed the participants to plot their goals and activities for the upcoming months and keep track of developments. Strengthening the Aflatoun implementers likewise reinforces the vitality of the program itself. NATCCO’s Children and Youth Team is blessed to have committed partners in the journey towards creating socially and financially empowered future generations.
Cebu Peoples' Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CPMPC) Empowered Youth Laboratory Cooperative (CEYLABCO)’s recently opened Entrepreneurial Development Center became a venue for the youth’s skills training activity last March 15, 2015. CEYLABCO officers invited several youth members to learn about t-shirt printing, mug printing, and button pin making which are part of the services managed by the Laboratory Cooperative. The youth members are encouraged to maximize their resources to create small businesses since they can use the machinery for free. Cebu People’s MPC (CPMPC) actively supports the initiatives of its Lab Coop by providing resources and trainings for their youth members. Aside from designing and printing t-shirts, mugs, and button pins, CEYLABCO officers are also working on engaging more youth members to participate in their trainings and explore other possible products and services they can offer to the community.
The activity is also in culmination of the youth's involvement in the Aflatoun Program where they learn and apply their skills in social and financial entrepreneurship.
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