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Partner of the Week: Plan International Nicaragua

Posted in Blogs on November 16, 2021

Plan International is a non-profit and independent organisation, whose purpose is to promote children’s rights and gender equality.  

Since 1994, Plan International has been working in Nicaragua in 5 Departments in the Pacific (Chontales, Boaco, Madriz, Chinandega and Managua) and the Autonomous Region of the Northern Caribbean of Nicaragua.  

The mission of the organisation is to facilitate the empowerment of children, adolescent women and young people, to promote gender equality and to include people in the exercise of their human rights. In order to ensure this mission, Plan International Nicaragua works with communities and families to influence a change in socio-cultural patterns in terms of rights, gender, prevention of violence, teenage pregnancy and resilience to the effects of climate change. 

“I consider that the Aflatoun methodology is very good for the development of healthy behaviour norms in children, from the practice of personal care habits, practice of values, and saving habits. All the activities can be perfectly worked on in the subjects that we work on in the classrooms,” — A teacher from Boaco

Our Partnership 

Since 2012, Plan International Nicaragua has included social and financial education in its programmes, influencing the Ministry of Education to integrate the Aflatoun methodology into the national study plans that are rolled out in primary schools, together with the educational strategy called “Learn. Undertake and Prosper”. This strategy involves training teachers, who identify and plan which Aflatoun methodologies they can integrate within their curricula. As a result, Plan International Nicaragua has been able to strengthen the methodological capacities of 866 teachers to work with 16,518 children and adolescents in 199 schools across the country.  

What the organisation likes the most about the partnership with Aflatoun is the success it had among teachers. They shared that they were impressed in seeing the eagerness of teachers in obtaining educational tools (active learning methodologies) that would allow them to develop their classes and see that what they have learnt continues to be replicated beyond what they could imagine.  

Moreover, they believe that through the Aflatoun methodology, children and adolescents have increased their skills and abilities to achieve financial literacy.  

The Aflatoun Flame is reactivated in Boaco and Chontales 

In February 2020, two workshops were held on the methodology used in Aflatoun curricula for Social and Financial Education in primary schools. The workshops were held in Boaco and Chontales for 39 teachers, working in 16 schools in 15 communities.  

During the workshops, teachers analysed six books with playful activities to be carried out with students, in order to teach them social and financial education through games and active learning methodologies, which is in line with the national Youth Economic Empowerment motto “We grow by creating”. A package of books was also distributed to the teachers so that they could replicate the training for more teachers from their schools and expand the number of children reached by the Aflatoun methodology.  

“Aflatoun becomes a strategic and methodological complement for the development of educational processes, also seen as an alternative that allows us to vary and stimulate learning, create good habits, promote values and gradually eradicate many of the anti-values that currently afflict our families. It contributes to making education more comprehensive,” — A teacher from Boaco