Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest

by NATCCO (National Confederation of Cooperatives)
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July is National Nutrition Month
July is National Nutrition Month

A great day to all of you Global Givers! Did you know that for this whole month of July, here in the Philippines, we are celebrating the National Nutrition Month? Our Department of Education is supporting the nationwide celebration initiated by the National Nutrition Council, and encourages the schools to join in the celebration too!

Some of our partner cooperatives have also prepared fun, relevant, and educational activities for the children and youth just in time for the National Nutrition Month. In the province of Bataan in Central Luzon, Watchlife Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative has organized a mini-marathon for their Laboratory Cooperative members to join in. According to their Aflatoun Coordinator, the main objective of this activity is to encourage the younger individuals to have fun while exercising.

Watchlife Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, as a part of its service to their community, has also conducted a program before the start of classes to hype up the incoming students of their partner schools. They have given school bags equip with supplies to Grade 1 students and offered free haircut, and declare the great news that they’ll be granting scholarships to students with a 80% total average grade by the end of the school year. The WWMPC believes that this act could encourage the students to work hard and persevere in their studies.

Til next update, keep saving!

Watchlife Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Watchlife Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Welcoming the school year 2016-2017!
Welcoming the school year 2016-2017!

It's the month of June! In the Philippines, this marks the start of the rainy season and the start of the classes. Our Department of Education have announced that the official start of the school year will be on June 13. We, in the Children and Youth team, have a number of activities to organize for this school year. Of course, with our mission of teaching the children about their rights and responsibilities put into special consideration.

Some of you might be thinking, “How will they even be able to teach these young girls and boys their rights when there are a million of them in the Philippines? That seems impossible.” Reaching out to all of them is really impossible: that would be the case if our team is the only one working to attain it. But with the assistance of other like-minded organizations and individuals (the schools, trainers, the teachers, cooperatives, and all of you, Global Givers) we believe that it is possible.

For this school year, we’ll continue coordinating and inviting different cooperatives all over the country to empower and educate the Children and youth in their area. As a matter-of-fact, we have conducted several orientations in the hopes of encouraging them to join us in this global movement. Cluster orientation in Central Visayas (Region 7) and Eastern Visayas (Region 8) last March, in Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX) and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the month of April, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) last May and in Central Luzon (Region 3) this June.

All through-out the year, we are also conducting training for our teachers. This is an important process for our goal to be reached, because our teachers are the ones who have the direct influence over the children in schools. They are like a sculptor, enhancing and transforming something into a masterpiece, which in their situation, the children’s mind and skills.

Another activity we’ll do is the Training of Trainers. We are currently in the process of inviting our partner cooperatives for a Trainers’ Training this coming August 10-12. The goal of this activity is to increase the number of individuals who would enlighten and train the teachers before they go on and empower the children. We’ve been conducting a Training of Trainings for three years now and we’ve had two batches of trainers who we invite to join us in facilitating trainings and reaching out to teachers more effectively.

We are halfway through the year 2016 and these are our achievement and plans so far. There will be more by the end of this year, we're sure.

Till next update, keep saving!

Trainers
Trainers' Training 2016
Youth Congress: Have Fun While Learning
Youth Congress: Have Fun While Learning

A hot and beautiful summer to all of you, GlobalGivers! How are you getting on with this weather? Most of you might be spending your summer vacation hanging by the beach or pool sipping some cold drinks, or ice cream maybe? We’re just guessing but we do hope you're having a great time.

Speaking of a great time, this summer, we have conducted our bi-annually organized Youth Congress. Our three-day Youth Congress was held in Alona Kew White Beach Resort & Spa, Panglao Island, Bohol, last April 13-15, 2016 and it was attended by 85 lively and skilful Youth leaders coming from different parts of the Philippines.

These Youth leaders have contributed a lot during the Congress; new ideas have been realized and planned. A new set of Youth Committee Officers were also elected and these group of leaders will be joining us for two years in the hopes of advocating and empowering the children and youth all over the Philippines. We’ve also conducted team-building activities in those three days, and have invited inspirational beings to motivate our participants.

Inspirational talks, significant updates about the Network, sharing of the best practices, team-building and commitment-building: these are some of the activities during the Youth Congress which focuses on the development of the Youth leaders’ social and financial skills and sense of cooperativism. Through these activities, our Youth participants were also able to build camaraderie and trust among the other delegates which unified them as effective catalysts of change in their respective region.

To reach our goal of teaching 15,000 kids of saving and investing, we had to put into careful consideration the fact that they also have to enjoy their youth like the American movie title suggests, ‘You’re only young once’. The children and youth are explorer and curious in nature, so we continue to hold this event every two years to let them explore what character and skills they would like to build within themselves through meeting people from a different place and exchanging wisdom. Each of our Youth delegates brought and creatively incorporated the values and character of the Cooperative they represent in the course of the event.

So what about you? Have you met any inspirational beings throughout this summer? The rainy season is about to start here in the Philippines, but the rain and the cold weather won’t stop us from empowering the children. Blessings and activities are pouring for the next months and we can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Till next update, keep saving!

Team-building by the beach
Team-building by the beach
Well, look at these faces..
Well, look at these faces..

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Youth Savers having fun with Aflatoun!
Youth Savers having fun with Aflatoun!

Here in the Philippines, with or without the resources to spend, celebrations have always been fun. And as we join the global world of Aflatoun, our partner schools have prepared some exciting activities for our dear student savers in celebration for the Global Money Week and Aflatoun International Day last March 14-20 with the theme: Take Part, Save Smart!

The city of Tagum, also known as the City of Festivals, stayed true to their nickname and had a joyous Aflatoun International Day celebration for their youth savers! With an Inter-School Variety Show Competition, Aflatoun Kit and Balloon Making Contest and other activities organized by the Tagum Cooperative with the help of the schools and teachers, almost a hundred active and talented participants were able to join the Global Celebration and showcase their talents and creativity. Ofcourse, the Aflatoun Mascot was also present in the event, always ready to celebrate!

And to give you a brief background, Cebu is known as one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines and in the town of Pinamungajan, the global Aflatoun event was celebrated through a series of activities such as Poster Making Contest and Quiz Bowl. The Lamac MPC Youth Planet Laboratory Cooperative also organized an Aflateen Camp and conducted a Basic Coop Course, Financial Literacy and Gender Sensitivity Training participated by the Youth Savers from their partner schools just in time for the celebration. 

Nobody can argue that in this modern age, Internet has an undeniably great control in reaching out and connecting people. As a matter of fact, in one of the activities laid out for the global celebration, the Internet acted as the connecting bridge. The Global Connect is an activity where savers from one place can communicate with other savers from a different part of the world thru video-call software.

For the first time ever, savers from Saint Bernard Central School in Southern Leyte had an amazing experience of talking with savers from the country of Timor Leste or East Timor. And in the Most Loyal and Noble City, Iloilo City, the savers from the SPED-Integrated School for Exceptional Children even rented a space in a nearby coffeeshop to get a better signal for the Global Connect. They have been able to talk to other student savers about the program and its positive outcome. Meanwhile, the savers from Tagum City also experienced the Global Connect and have been able to communicate with several countries like Amsterdam, Pakistan and Sri Lanka wherein they exchanged ideas and befriended foreign Youth savers.

This year’s celebration has been both entertaining and enriching. And like the previous years, we always make sure that the savers have fun and, at the same time, recognize the importance of saving. With our partner schools' help, we educate our youth that to have a fun-filled celebration, you don't have to spend too much but just spend wisely and work together! We're already looking forward for the next year's celebration, how about you?

Till next update, keep saving!

Festive mood in Tagum
Festive mood in Tagum
Celebrating the Lamac way
Celebrating the Lamac way
St. Bernard savers celebrating for the first time!
St. Bernard savers celebrating for the first time!
from Iloilo, to the World
from Iloilo, to the World
YEAR END UPDATE
YEAR END UPDATE

Hello everyone! How well have you been? Hope you were doing fine just like us in the Children and Youth Team in the NATCCO Network. It really is true, that when you are doing something you enjoy, time goes by so fast! A year has passed, and a lot of great things have happened! All of which, I am going to share with you right now. Are you ready?

Just a year ago, we are proudly telling you that we were able to teach 150,000+ children the essence and importance of saving through 607 schools coming from different parts of our beautiful country, the Philippines. We, alongside with the 4,622 trained teachers and partner Cooperatives have been able to share our knowledge to the younger generation.

Looking back, we were already happy to be part of educating our children and youth but we, as ambitious as others might say, wanted to reach out to more schools and children. We want to teach 15,000 Filipino children what they are capable of, to know their worth, and develop their cooperativism and full potential through saving and investing. After all, our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal once said, ‘The youth is the hope of our future’.

And as of December 2015, we have successfully conducted 21 Teachers’ Training with a total of 5,020 trained teachers. Through the Aflatoun program, we are now educating 187,876 children from 724 schools. To some of you who still have questions about the Aflatoun Program, it is a movement that aims to socially and financially educate the Children and Youth by encouraging schools to make activities that will inspire their students to save and invest.

With the aim to empower the children and Youth in our mind, we are now planning several activities for the year 2016. We will be having the annual National Youth Congress on April 13-15. The congress will be bringing in Youth leaders from different region to develop their sense of belongingness and camaraderie. As well as, give them a chance to share their accomplishments and plan the future with their fellow leaders.

In unity with other savers around the world, we’ll also be celebrating the Global Money Week from March 14-20 with the International Aflatoun Day happening on March 17. The schools and teachers are encouraged to organize activities for their students. In the past, our partner schools have planned a Youth Talk activity where savers from their school converse with foreign students through Skype. The theme of this year’s Global Money Week and Aflatoun Day is ‘Take Part, Save Smart!’

Those are just the main events we have for this year and we do have other activities lined up, such as a number of teachers’ training and school launchings. Optimistically, at the end of this year, the number of the children we’ve reached will increase. What I can tell you now, is that we can educate 15,000 rural kids to save and invest as long as we are moving forward with the same goal TOGETHER!

We can’t wait to share this another year with all of you. Till next update!

GLOBAL MONEY WEEK & AFLATOUN INTER. DAY
GLOBAL MONEY WEEK & AFLATOUN INTER. DAY
 

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NATCCO (National Confederation of Cooperatives)

Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​www.natcco.coop
Project Leader:
Lasalette Gumban
Youth Program Officer
Quezon City, Philippines

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