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Partner of the week: Groupe d’Appui aux Programmes (GAP)-CAMIDE

Posted in Partner of The Week on February 16, 2021

Groupe d’Appui aux Programmes (GAP) and CAMIDE are Mali-based NGOs that work together to bring Aflatoun curricula to various village communities in Mali. Both organisations strive towards their missions to support women’s organisations, individual and collective initiatives by emigrants, as well as youth organisations and local communities.  

For 19 years, CAMIDE has been focussing on improving the living conditions in the villages of the Kayes area, which has been strongly affected by emigration to Europe. While for the last 8 years, GAP has actively introduced Aflatoun curricula in Bamako, Mali. It aims to support the most vulnerable communities. They train teachers and students, teaching them social and financial education in order to reinstall community confidence as well as community members’ personal autonomy. 

CAMIDE and GAP work to improve the social causes that are most important to their communities. Namely, they encourage discussions regarding natural resources and promote environmental awareness in order to further strengthen a sense of community accountability and adoration for their environment.  

 Together they are a unique Aflatoun partner, as their collaboration allows for a wider implementation of Aflatoun curricula. They introduced the ‘golden rules’ of savings in Malian schools, while local Aflatoun educators have created their own association to promote acquired teaching techniques in Mali. 

Our Partnership 

GAP and CAMIDE have been Aflatoun partners since 2005. Using Aflatoun and Aflateen, they have made great strides in our common mission to bring social and financial education to children and young people.  

Social and financial education has impacted their communities by allowing children and young people, especially girls, to better express themselves and represent their generation in discussions of socio-economic issues. Community member have taken a growing interest in the arguments and actions of their elected officials, showing a growing interest in the development and strengthening of their community. 

We chose to partner with Aflatoun due to [its ability to fulfil] educational needs by active methods, innovative introduction of like skills, and support from parents, school administrations, students and teachers. — A GAP staff member
It is intriguing to understand the immediate link between young students, the Aflatoun as well as the Aflateen curricula, which is carried over to adolescents. It will be fascinating to watch the Aflateen groups grow. — A CAMIDE staff member

CAMIDE used Aflatoun curricula to establish 60 small savings groups, over a period of 2 years, that included an impressive number of students. These savings groups initiative received a positive feedback from its participants, who claimed it was instructive and allowed them to master small business environments. Meanwhile GAP paralleled with their own successful initiative: a sanitation campaign created by 4000 students in Bamako was an exciting community success, and continues to be in use 5 years later! 

A generation of Aflatounies  

 GAP and CAMIDE are witnessing the return to the Aflatoun family of young people trained in the first classes of Aflatoun, now students at university or in normal schools and volunteers to facilitate Aflateen groups. 

After a very first AFLATEEN session, a 14-year-old student from Logo near Kayes said, “I am interested in this project because by following it I will be able to learn how to earn a living and I will become more independent. “ 

The NGO’s are seeking to scale the programme in order to further grow the self-employed population, shielding community members from vast unemployment and the risks of irregular migration. 

Alongside adapting agricultural techniques, GAP has highlighted the importance of savings within the community by using Aflatoun curricula to implement savings groups among students and teachers. GAP has also worked to install confidence within the community members by empowering them to be autonomous through social and financial literacy, and self-governance.