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Partner of the Week: Wona Sanana

Posted in Partner of The Week on February 21, 2018

Wona Sanana Association is a non-governmental organisation in Mozambique, which was established in 2003. “Wona Sanana” means “To See, To Care and To Protect Children”. The organisation´s main focus is on Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE).

In 2008, Wona Sanana launched the first pilot of social and financial education for children and young people, until then the concept was little explored in the curricula of Primary and Secondary Education. As children and adolescents had lacking social and financial skills, Wona Sanana started testing the Aflatoun programme in 16 primary schools located in the Inhambane province (Jangamo district). Following its successful completion, Wona Sanana expanded the Aflatoun programme to two further provinces, Gaza and Maputo (Chókwé and Changalane districts) reaching another 15 primary schools.  At the beginning of 2016, the first Aflatot classes were given at five pre-schools.

Thanks to the success of the Aflatoun programme, reaching 13.047 Mozambican children and teenagers, Wona Sanana initiated contacts in 2016 with the Institute for the Development of Education (INDE) to integrate social and financial education into the national curriculum of Mozambique. Nowadays, the organisation is working to expand this collaboration and implement the Aflatoun programme in more and more schools around the country.

This has a real impact on young people like 14-year-old Isaura Mungunbe, who is orphaned and has lived with her grandmother since she was five: “Some uncles wanted me to marry an older man to secure my livelihood and my grandmother’s. I reported the case to the Aflatoun club executive committee which, together with the principal, went to my family to let me continue my studies. This year I was enrolled in secondary school, due to the knowledge of my rights and responsibility, which I learned in Aflatoun’s lessons as an activist”.