ASOLC teachers and students integrate Aflatoun into Laboratory Cooperatives
Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation invited its Lab Co-op youth leaders and teachers for an afternoon of orientation on the Aflatoun Program. Aside from discussing the concepts of Child Social and Financial Education, the training also delved into the respective backgrounds of the participating Lab Co-ops. Plans of reorientation, stronger recruitment, and workshops on co-op operations were some of the identified primary concerns. After evaluating their respective youth laboratory cooperatives and the strategies they use to improve its quality, students and teachers concurred that implementing the Aflatoun Program can help develop their financial management skills, start up child-friendly enterprises, and bring youth involvement to a higher level. Doing so will enable them to reorganize and formalize their operations to improve their standing and membership. With everyone working together, it will not take long to see concrete, positive, and innovative change. The training was conducted on April 1 to 2, 2014 at the ASOLC Motherhouse in San Juan, Metro Manila.
Watchlife Workers' MPC adds spark to the Aflatoun flame in Bataan
Teachers in Mariveles, Bataan enjoyed a two-day training on social and financial literacy last April 8-9, 2014. Their orientation into the Aflatoun Program helped them come to terms with their personal concerns on finance, investment, and social involvement. The sessions brought out their practical skills with mock lessons and exercises tapping their resourcefulness in dealing with topics they would soon teach the children. With more and more teachers, Cooperatives, and schools taking part in the Program, the Aflatoun flame can only grow brighter. NATCCO and its partners believe that the important thing in success is being prepared to answer the door when opportunity knocks. Watchlife Workers’ MPC is happy to be of service to the teachers, inspiring them to do their best to inculcate saving habits in the lives of the children.
Mandaue City follows up Aflatoun activities with school expansions
In coordination with the Department of Education Division of Mandaue, the Aflatoun Program of Mandaue City Vendors Multi-Purpose Cooperative welcomed more schools to its social and financial literacy campaign. Teachers from Mactan National High School, Pusok National High School, Pajo Elementary School, and Advanced Institute of Technology, Inc. were thankful for the training saying that the Program’s practicality would also help in their personal financial management. Their mock lessons reflected the importance of preparation and discipline when it comes to saving and spending. Being able to influence the children to use their money wisely is both a responsibility and a privilege; and the Aflatoun Program’s success and current expansion in MAVENCO shows just how much the partners are committed to continuously improve their operations to help more children reach their goals.
Mandaue City Public Market Vendors’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MAVENCO) held its first Aflatoun Camp last March 15, 2014 for its growing number of Aflatoun savers and partner schools. Not only was it an advance celebration of the International Aflatoun Day on the 17th, it was also an initial milestone in their strong campaign for financial literacy and social responsibility.The children were excited to learn new things and enjoy a day of poster making, games, contests, and performances organized by MAVENCO. Aside from showcasing their talents and skills, the campers were also happy to bond with fellow Aflatoun savers, share stories, and have fun with their new-found friends. Everyone was buzzing with personal experiences of how the Program helped develop their habit of wise saving and spending.
Seeing how well the children have managed themselves in the Program, MAVENCO looks forward to more Aflatoun activities and opportunities for their youth throughout the year and contribute to its overall growth and sustainability.
Six (6) schools were formally welcomed into the Aflatoun program in partnership with Bukidnon Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BUKTRAMCO) last March 3-5, 2014. Children from Quezon Central Elementary School, Salawagan Elementary School, Kiburiao Elementary School, San Jose Elementary School, Busco Elementary School, and Mirangiran Elementary School were excited to meet Aflatoun and learn more about the adventures that many of them wanted to open their savings accounts immediately. Mr. Felix Catolin, Mr. Ruperto Baguio, Mr. Demetrio Llagas, and Mr. Edward Bongabong who are all board members of BUKTRAMCO were present during the launch responding to concerns and questions, assuring the schools of the Cooperative’s capability to sustain the program. Parent participation was also acknowledged in the financial endeavor. BUKTRAMCO, motivated by the feedback of its constituents and youth, is ready to provide a meaningful Aflatoun experience for the kids to the best they can. NATCCO congratulates its new Aflatoun partners for partaking in the financial journey.
In celebration of this year’s International Aflatoun Day, Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative together with its partner schools organized a human formation of the Aflatoun figurehead. The day started early for the students who took part in the formation. At around 9 AM, Aflatoun’s head was slowly taking shape on Lamac's landscape with its mouth curving into a big smile. The morning was warm with fun and cooperation as more than 1,000 Aflatoun savers wore color-coded shirts and stayed in place as co-op officers took photos and videos of the formation. Everyone was proud to have done the feat, posting their photos online and sharing them with fellow Aflatoun savers around the world. This was followed by several other activities showcasing different talents and youth enterprises. Exhibits were also put up for the children’s handicrafts, artworks, and projects. Involvement in the Aflatoun Program has definitely taught children how to live the values of responsible saving, spending, and sharing giving them a favorable edge in building a better future for themselves and for the community.
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In the spirit of cooperativism and continuous education, a group of Filipino fellowmen from Parañaque City (Philippines) who are now all based in the United States of America coordinated with St. Joseph School Community for a "Book Drive" donation project. Through the help of San Dionisio Credit Cooperative (SDCC), a partner co-op of NATCCO based in Parañaque City, eight (8) balikbayan boxes filled with different kinds of donated books landed in the libraries of the chosen schools.
Ms. Cielito Garrido, CEO of SDCC, remarked on the timeliness of the donations to their celebration of this year's International Aflatoun Day. The book-giving activity was headed by SDCC officers together with Ms. Garrido and representatives of the donors. Most of the students eagerly took out several books and started reading to one another, exchanging books and smiles with their friends and teachers. The day was filled with energizing performances of song renditions and dance numbers making the event more special and memorable for everyone. Teachers and school administrators were more than thankful for the donations since their libraries were in need of more resource and reading materials. With the donated books, the students now have easier access to extensive learning and a wider grasp of literature.Inspired by the afternoon’s activities, SDCC, NATCCO, and the donors expressed their mutual intention to organize another donation project next year. Truly, an investment in education promises the best interest.
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