Samal City, Philippines - New Aflatoun savers enjoyed the activities of the program launching held last June 19-20, 2014. The event was organized in cooperation with one of NATCCO's local partner, Samal Island Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIMC).The implementation was a good start for SIMC because the Program undoubtedly adds value to its efforts in improving the community's social awareness, economic stability, and youth development. Hundreds of children were present during the launching and most were able to open their Aflatoun savings account and even received passbooks and coin banks from SIMC. Children were ecstatic about learning and saving with Aflatoun; parents and teachers were confident that the Program will not only help yield more savings but also hone children to be empowered, practical, and responsible citizens - living up to the Aflatoun vision and mission.
Davao City, Philippines - Sta. Ana’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative’s (SAMULCO) training hall was buzzling with energy as teachers from different schools gathered together on June 28, 2014 for a one-day training on Child Social and Financial Education. The initial implementation of the Aflatoun Program in Davao City covers five (5) schools particularly St. Francis Xavier Learning Center, Talomo National High School, Magtuod High School, John Paul II College, and Davao City National High School.The launching of the Aflatoun program was held in Exegesis School of Davao a day before the Teachers’ Training. Dannyboy Orilla and Anna Del Rosario, together with some of SAMULCO's Board of Directors conducted room-to-room orientations to introduce Aflatoun to the students and most of the classes were eager to open their savings accounts and receive the colorful passbooks and coin banks generously provided by SAMULCO. SAMULCO reassured the parents, teachers, and school administrators that the involvement of their children in the program is in good hands. Parents and teachers present during the launching were expressive of their expectations and gratitude for the program, commending the partner coop for the opportunity to help their children understand the value of saving.
Zambales City - In the spirit of Filipino independence, Mother Rita MPC (MORIMC) followed the celebration of Philippine Independence Day with a timely Aflatoun expansion in their vigorous campaign for social and financial freedom.Rodante Aque, MORIMC branch manager and NATCCO Youth Committee member, helped organize the training with the objective to reinforce their current implementation of Aflatoun in their area. Two schools were added to the roster of MORIMC’s partner schools for the program; these are Precious Child Montessori Zambales Main and Annex. The one-day teachers’ training focused on strengthening the integration of Aflatoun values into the lessons, ways to better inculcate the value of saving among students, and encourage more teachers and parents to support the program.
The Aflatoun Teachers’ Training agenda consisted of seven (7) sessions scheduled throughout two consecutive days. Sessions included in-depth discussion of the five core elements, mock lessons, workbook readings, and action planning. Teachers were given the Aflatoun Program Implementing Guidelines along with other paraphernalia for the curriculum integration.
The Aflatoun Program renders great service to Cooperatives who are fully committed to develop practical and responsible children as future actors of the economy. MORIMC’s dedication reflects on the continuing growth and success of its programs for the youth.
The search for the Aflatoun Child of the Year 2013 culminated on May 21, 2014 which was also the first day of the NATCCO National Cooperative Youth Congress. Four nominees from Tagum Cooperative, Iloilo City Public School Teachers & Employees’ MPC (ICPSTE MPC), Abra Diocesan Teachers & Employees’ MPC (ADTEMPCO), and Panabo MPC emerged as finalists rating high in the given criteria. Ms. Daisybelle Cabal, head of NATCCO’s Education, Training, and Consultancy Group announced the winners and invited them on stage with Divine Divinagracia to receive their respective plaques of recognition and cash prizes from the NATCCO Aflatoun Secretariat.The winners were as follows:First place - Mary Frances Derutas, Tagum CooperativeSecond place - Josh Cezar Serilo, ICPSTE MPCThird place - Niall Ymric Navasero, ADTEMPCOFourth place - Harold Domaynique Bantique, Panabo MPCRepresentatives from Tagum Coop and Panabo MPC received the awards in place of Derutas and Bantique since both nominees weren’t able to join the Youth Congress. Harold Cortez from Sta. Cruz Credit & Development Cooperative (SACDECO) also accepted the special Aflatoun Loyalty award in place of Line Zeus Gacoscos. The Aflatoun Secretariat also recognizes the nominations sent by the following partners:Line Zeus Gacoscos & Franches Mayo - SACDECOLeoj Andrei Quiao - Tagum CooperativeYronne Lee Anas - Guimaras Brethren MPCNATCCO’s Youth Team congratulates the nominees for doing their best in promoting social and financial literacy in their academic, extra-curricular, and community activities. Partner cooperatives, parents, and teachers are also commended for helping the children achieve their potentials. It is indeed a proud moment for everyone taking part in the Aflatoun journey to see the fruits of the nationwide integration of social and financial literacy in child-centered education.
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.
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