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Partner of the Week: NECY Sri Lanka

Posted in Partner of The Week on April 29, 2017

Network for Education Children and Youth, NECY, is our Partner of the Week

NECY (Network for Education Children and Youth) is the lead organization in Sri Lanka rolling out Aflatoun programmes. NECY is a non-governmental network organisation consisting of 32 members. They work to ensure Child and Youth rights and Quality Education for all irrespective of any social factors. They are implementing the Aflatoun concept of Social and Financial Education since 2012 by using Aflatot, Aflatoun and Aflateen.
In 2013 they already reached a milestone when 200.000 children were involved in the Aflatoun programme through the Central Province Education Department. NECY implements the programmes and educational activities with children and youth clubs, government and private schools.

NECY has been successful doing advocacy for the government in order to incorporate social and financial education in the national curricula. NECY did also manage to increase its visibility at advocacy level. In order to have a bigger influence, NECY formed a ‘Central Province Aflatoun Society’ with several high level government officials and politicians as members. That included the Governor of Central Province and several related ministers. This group is actively organizing events with huge media coverage for increasing people’s awareness on Social and Financial Education. Because of this there is an increasing number of schools that want to join the movement every year. The Provincial Ministry of Education is giving full cooperation with NECY for them to do so.

Part of NECY’s innovative brand and communication strategy is the appointment of an Aflatoun Ambassador. So far it is the only organisation inside the Aflatoun network that has created such a role. This role requires a high profile and qualified person to represent the Aflatoun Programme. Currently the Ambassador role is limited to the Central Province of Sri Lanka, but there is the possibility to have one installed on the national level. The official recognition gives a great value to the Ambassador work. This year the Aflatoun Ambassador successfully collected some resources to support the program. One of those resources came in the form of 50 clean water filter equipments for Aflatot schools in Central Province.