Aflatoun International and its partners work in collaboration with Ministries of Education in more than 20 countries to integrate Social and Financial Education into their national curricula. By means of this, we can assure that a maximum number of children and young people are benefiting from our successful methodology now and in the future.
One of our partners who pioneered the national integration approach is L’Association pour la Défense des Enfants du Niger (ADENI). Initially, they were piloting the Aflatoun programme as they found it a practical tool and opportunity to address the quality of teaching. In Niger, the combination of teachers lacking training, with little investment in the education system and classroom materials has resulted in poor educational outcomes.
While teachers are often blamed in such situations, ADENI showed that, in fact, they are dedicated to improving the situation of children. With support of Aflatoun International, the organisation has been successful in providing consistent, quality training for teachers and incorporating new content and approaches into schools. This involvement in teachers’ capacity building led to discussions about benefits on a larger scale. An opportune project funded by Orange Foundation allowed the introduction of the programme’s Teachers Training Institutes (TTIs), which was highly appreciated by teachers, trainers and the Ministry of Education alike.
The close collaboration and mutual interest drove the discussion with the Ministry of Education on making Social and Financial Education a reality in Niger’s education syllabus. To this end, we held several workshops for curriculum experts to look at our programme and design a framework integrating the Aflatoun methodology into the core themes of education such as mathematics, literacy and civic education.
ADENI and Aflatoun International continue to seek opportunities to gain more pedagogical support to teachers ensuring the implementation and delivery of Social and Financial Education is done in the best possible way. In parallel, we are also trying to get other stakeholders to contribute to the programme and enrich its implementation, by providing services to children where they can practice their learning beyond the classroom, adding a new layer to this sustainable approach.
The programme within the newly revisited national curriculum is being piloted and reviewed, as it currently is reaching about 500.000 children through trained teachers.