A network of Civil Society Organisations mobilises its efforts to provide social & financial education during COVID-19

Top Quote A small NGO which works through social franchise model reached 5.6 million vulnerable children and youth with social and financial education during the pandemic. Despite school being closed the network partners managed to provide education to those who need quality programmes for their economic empowerment. Despite the challenges, through its global network of partner organisations, Aflatoun reac End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 20, 2021 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, education NGOs had to innovate, adapt, and find new ways of supporting students’ learning. It also became clear, due to the consequences of the pandemic, that the demand for life skills & financial education remained more crucial than ever. Despite the challenges, through its global network of partner organisations, Aflatoun reached 5.6 million children and young people in 2020: 3.1 million through civil society organisations, and 2.5 million through governments.

    As schools and community centres closed across the world, Aflatoun network partners were heavily impacted, with the majority forced to halt their usual operations. However, our partners kept reaching out to the most vulnerable children and youth, and adapted their social and financial education programmes in three main ways: preventing COVID-19 cases in vulnerable communities, distance learning- both offline and online, and mitigating the impact of the pandemic. This included innovative solutions, such as utilising WhatsApp, YouTube, radio, and television shows to disseminate at-home learning activities, educational challenges, and accurate information on COVID-19. To support this inspirational work, the Aflatoun secretariat developed several tools including an online partner platform to connect our partners to us and each other, disseminate online training and digital resources, as well as provide a space for community knowledge-sharing. Across the regions, Aflatoun welcomed new partners, delivered both virtual and in-person Trainings for Trainers, conducted online events, and piloted the Aflateen+ digital learning curriculum. We were also delighted to make progress on integrating social and financial education into national curricula, signing agreements or supporting projects in Eswatini, Haiti, Mali, Togo, Madagascar, Kyrgyzstan, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Roeland Monasch, CEO of Aflatoun: “The pandemic reassured us that the collaborative approach Aflatoun has been following for over 15 years is essential for the future empowerment of younger generations. This is reflected in the results of our Annual Report. As the schools were closed, our government partners could not reach as many children & youth as in previous years. However, our civil society partners still managed to provide Aflatoun programmes to vulnerable children and youth in creative ways. Looking forward, we are extremely happy that our network is growing and becoming even stronger, and we are certain that, together, we will reach even more children and youth with life skills, financial and entrepreneurship education.”

    Our 2020 at a glance:
    We worked in 102 countries
    Our network comprises 300+ partners
    We reached 5.6 million children and young people through our partners- 3.1 million through civil society organisations, and 2.5 million through governments
    Of these, 53% were girls
    We were ranked 23rd in the NGO Top-500 World Best Social Good Organisations 2020
    We were selected for HundrED 2021 Global Collection of education innovations
    We were recognised and featured in the African Union policy brief for promoting youth entrepreneurship on the continent.

    Read more and find out about our work in 2020 in our Annual Report.

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