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Partner of the Week: Ficohsa Foundation

Posted in Geen categorie on August 1, 2018

The Ficohsa Foundation has implemented the Aflatot programme in Honduras since 2015. Now, more than 9,000 children are participating in the programme and more than 45,000 parents, family members and community members are actively involved.

While the organisation has only been in partnership with Aflatoun since 2015, it has been operating since 1998 to support early childhood education in Honduras. Since then, the foundation has focused on supporting vulnerable communities and increasing the reach, quality and innovation of education in the country.

Their flagship programme, ‘Educando Nuestro Futuro’ (Educating Our Future), was implemented under the umbrella of the Aflatoun International Network with an aim to raise the economic and environmental awareness of young children. Currently, 149 educational centres across Honduras, Panama, Guatemala and Nicaragua are participating in the programme.

In 2015, the foundation integrated the ‘Aflatot’ curriculum into their current pre-school educational practices — which are supported by a partnership with ChildFund Honduras and promoted by the Secretaría de Educación de Honduras (Ministry of Education of Honduras).

A ‘Pre-Basic Education Centre’ in Lempira, Honduras facilitates various Aflatot activities for more than 100 girls and boys between 4-5 years old. In one activity, children designed and  decorated personal piggy banks from recyclable materials, which promoted the concept of savings in their families. Children become further engaged in the programme during visits from the Aflatoun mascot and learned to protect the environment through school gardening acitivies.

 

As part of the Aflatot Programme, the centre installed a recycling point and now encourages children to collect plastic bottles, cans, newspapers and papers. These materials are then sold to local recycling centres and profits earned are collected and saved. Additionally, an annual Aflatot Fair is organised where food, donated clothing and artwork created by the students are sold. The money raised by the event are then used for the development of more projects in the educational centre.

The Aflatoun Financial Program has filled me with beautiful experiences and has taught me a lot because, through the various activities, our students have become aware of the use and care of resources such as: water, energy, food, time, clothes. — Sayda Lorena Ferrera Dubón, a teacher at the centre.

Through this programme the Ficosha Foundation aims to reach the more than 40,000 children who are currently not participating in pre-school education. So far, 120 teachers have been trained in the methodology; 9,078 children are participating and 45,390 parents, family members and community leaders are involved.

For more information about the Ficosha Foundation click here. If you are interested in joining our global movement visit our website: aflatoun.org/join/

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