Tidjane is our programme manager for Anglophone Africa. He uses his experience to oversee and engage with a partner network of 55 partners which feature a host of government actors, financial institutions and civil society organisations.
Prior to joining Aflatoun in 2019, Tidjane did an internship at the Ministry of Education in Spain, the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Italy and worked as a Global Partnership Coordinator at Child and Youth Finance International – an NGO that dedicated itself to advocating for financial education for children and young people.
Tidjane is well versed in project management, fundraising and stakeholder liaison, and has extensive experience working with diverse teams from every continent. Namely, organising international conferences with key government stakeholders in Saudi Arabia and South Africa, as well as leading efforts for the implementation of financial education programs in Colombia, Togo, Ivory Coast and Benin.
Tidjane holds a Master’s degree in International Relations Theory from the University of Sussex. As a high school student, Tidjane participated in fundraising projects for local entrepreneurs in West Africa, which was his first encounter with development work.
Why do you work for Aflatoun International?
I’ve always been interested in working with organisations whose main objective is to help others. I work with Aflatoun because it gives me the opportunity to do that to some extent. Education is crucial to empowering young people, but we have to make sure that the education people are receiving is relevant and inspiring to them. We help to tailor educational content to truly meet the needs of our young beneficiaries. They are our future and we should all do our part to ensure that the future is bright.
What is your role at the organisation?
I am the Programme Officer for Anglophone Africa; my job is to liaise with our partners in the region to help them in the implementation and oversight of the Aflatoun programmes.
How would you explain what you do to a 5-year-old?
I work with partners in other countries to help them teach important life topics in a fun way to children and young people just like you!
Why is social and financial education important?
The skills and knowledge a young person can get from social and financial education are skills they will need throughout their lives. We must ensure children and young people are equipped with the tools to take on life ahead which can be complicated at times. Social and financial education does just that by prioritising topics like personal understanding and community building as well as teaching young people the importance of such topics.
What do you like most about Aflatoun International?
I am lucky enough to work in an environment with people from all over the world and all walks of life, both internally at the secretariat and externally with our partners. Every day is a different experience, sometimes challenging and other times inspiring. Ultimately, what I enjoy the most is that the Aflatoun secretariat and network is a team driven to work for a selfless goal.
How do you see the future of Aflatoun International?
I’m optimistic about the future, I think Aflatoun has a great opportunity to further engage children and young people through Peer to Peer Learning and digital learning initiatives. I think those will be the things to look out for.
Who is a hero of yours? / Please share with us a motto or quote close to your philosophy of life.
Kofi Annan and Winnie Byanyima.
“The most important thing is to try to inspire people so that they can be great in whatever it is they want to do” – Kobe Bryant