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Aflateen launched in the Netherlands

Posted in News on July 25, 2016

Aflatoun International launched social and financial education for young people in the Netherlands at a special event in Amsterdam on Wednesday (29 June). Aflateen, the programme targeting teenagers, plays an important role in addressing issues faced by young people today.

The programme aims to reach the most vulnerable young people, with the goal to empower them. This greatly improves their opportunities for the future, as it prepares them for a complex and turbulent job market.

“It is very important that social and financial education will be offered in the Netherlands,” said Aflatoun International CEO Roeland Monasch. “It gives young people the opportunity to make a positive change to their lives and communities, turning dependence into independence.”

The event was attended by partners, stakeholders, teachers, mentors and pupils, and presented by children’s correspondent Tako Rietveld. He interviewed participants and conducted a Skype call with young people from the Aflateen programme in Kolkata (India) and Cairo (Egypt).

The Aflateen method has been adapted to the Dutch context and, following a successful training and pilot phase, will start in September. Our partners in the Netherlands, StartUp4Kids and Productief Leren, also presented their experiences of our programme at the event.

 

One of the students who took part in the pilot, was awarded the first Dutch Aflateen curriculum. After dropping out from school, Desmond picked up his education again with the help of the programme and hopes to become a personal trainer soon.

Just like the 20-year-old would-be trainer, most of the pupils attending are keen to change things for the better by helping other young people.

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