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Inspiring Change in Children and Young People through Social and Financial Education

Posted in News on October 3, 2016

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Aflatoun International’s Social and Financial Education programme is one of the most well-researched international life-skills programmes in the world. We have a strong, global evidence base showing social, financial and educational improvements in children and young people after participating in the Aflatot (for children 3-6), Aflatoun (primary school age) or Aflateen (14+).

In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the different programmes have been assessed in Romania, Serbia, Albania and Tajikistan, Croatia, and Macedonia. Results show that participants had more respect for diversity and inclusiveness with regard to Roma children and disabled children. The study from Romania shows that children improved their communication skills, self-esteem and respectful attitudes towards authority figures. It was also found that school results were improved after the programme, and children were more motivated to go to school. The SRHR education programme combined with financial education in Tajikistan shows very positive impacts on girls with regard to both social and financial outcomes. The teacher training was assessed in both Albania and Serbia and the teachers were convinced of the appropriateness and the added value of this training compared to other trainings.

 

 

Building financial capability in children should be done carefully and with a holistic look at their developmental needs. This is why the combination of social and financial education is key to Aflatoun International’s mission and the success of its programme.

The combination of social and financial education is key to Aflatoun International’s mission and the success of its programme. Financial attitudes and behaviours are not cultivated in isolation, but are connected to children’s personal and social lives. A balanced curriculum can protect children from sacrificing their social and personal development for the sake of finances, as our research worldwide and also from Romania, Serbia, Albania and Tajikistan, Croatia, and Macedonia shows. This balance also helps create a sustainable change in young people’s behaviour by linking financial habits to their hopes and dreams for the future.

 

The full academic article can be found here.

This report was published in the conference journal “Together with Roma, we will achieve more”.

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