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Partner of the Week: FESEN

Posted in Partner of The Week on June 8, 2021

Federation des Syndicats de l’Education Nationale (FESEN), or the Togolese Federation of Syndicates of National Education, has been working for 25 years to promote social justice for teachers and students through the collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Education. They are the only teachers’ syndicate in Togo that democratically enrols unions from all levels of education; using training, awareness-raising, negotiation, consultations, strikes, petitions, and demonstrations to create action.   

Not only do they work to improve working conditions for teachers, they also promote women and girls’ access to education and training on income-generation. Some of their initiatives include: organising ICT training for teachers, supporting the establishment of income streams for its members, developing saving initiatives at the school level, and training teachers and educational inspectors on social and financial education.  


Aflatoun has been partnering with FESEN since 2011, when they launched a pilot of the Aflatoun programme in primary public schools. This led to an active and successful partnership which went on to facilitate the integration of social and financial education into the Togolese national education curriculum. Read more about the first few years of our partnership here 

Now, FESEN implements the AflatotAflatoun and Aflateen+ curriculums in schools nationally. Further, as part of a project funded by Dubai Cares, FESEN has also been able to support their students in developing social and financial enterprises. One such initiative, led by the Aflateen Club in Ceg Zebevi, was a top 3 finalist of our Partners Resilience Challenge  

Watch the video below to learn how the students started the enterprise producing hand sanitiser to help their communities prevent the spread of COVID-19. The profits from this enterprise went to supporting their education.  

Students Creating Change: Complexe Scolaire FATIMA and Lycée de Game Seva 

Another example of the positive effects of the Aflatoun programme are the initiatives started by students from the Complexe Scolaire FATIMA, who, in collaboration with the Faîtiére des Unités Coopératives d’Epargne et de Crédit du Togo (FUCEC-TOGO), organised an event raising awareness on the importance of saving and budgeting. This facilitated an increase in savings practices amongst students, protected and enabled by their partnership with FUCEC. 

Similarly, students from the Lycée de GAME-SEVA are also impacting change in their local community. Aflateen club members have been practising market gardening on the banks of their nearby river, selling crops to their community and teachers and using part of their profits to pay for the school fees of a fellow, less-advantaged student.