The NATCCO Network’s child development program – Aflatoun continues to spread the good news of children’s rights, child self-help and financial literacy to kids all over the Visayas.
This year, the Aflatoun team composed of Lasalette Gumban and Hazel Ann Mangaya trained teachers how to integrate financial literacy in the school curriculum, and parents how to train their kids to be handle money.
La Castellana 1 Personnel MPC
Having won consecutive awards for being the Most Outstanding Cooperative for many years, La Castellana 1 Personnel Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LC1MPC) engages in another fruitful endeavor. More or less a thousand participants composed of children, parents, teachers, and cooperators attended the Aflatoun school orientation on July 31 to August 1, 2013. LC1MPC launched the program on August 2, at the La Castellana Public Plaza in Negros Occidental. Dr. Juliet Jeruta, Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd Negros Occidental, sent her representative Mr. Cayetano Malabug to convey her appreciation and support for the program’s implementation.
Buenavista Development Cooperative
In Guimaras Province, the youth of Buenavista Development Cooperative, through the implementation of the Aflatoun program, are gradually becoming adept in terms of financial literacy. Nine (9) schools confirmed their attendance to the school orientation last August 14 to 15, 2013. The Aflatoun program was launched the following day with the representative of Schools Division Superintendent of Department of Education, Dr. Victor de Gracia, who passionately vocalized the SDS’ intentions of uplifting the youth’s involvement and success.
Passi City Employees’ MPC
Iloilo, likewise, experienced a great awakening through the Passi City Employees’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PACEMCO) which adopted the Aflatoun Program to reach and encourage the younger segment of its population to become more financially and socially responsible. The school orientation and the program launch were held last August 28 to 29, 2013 with roughly around a hundred participants from two different schools.
A representative from the office of Dr. Maura Pait, Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd Passi City, assured the participants that the program would be given great importance and attention by the administration.
Aside from livelihood projects, facilities, and minor enterprises, these partner cooperatives also show interest in the empowerment and the potential of the youth as future handlers of the cooperatives’ heritages.
With the incorporation of the Aflatoun program on their respective curricula, the youth of LC1MPC, Buenavista Development Cooperative, and PACEMCO have started to build their way towards financial and social security. Cooperatives are doing their best to help with the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Aflatoun program as diligently and as passionately as they can. Their improvement of within the Aflatoun program is encouraging more and more participants. A popular idiom says that Rome wasn’t built in a day; so is financial literacy. It takes a long time, a lot of dedication, and hard work to establish and maintain stability socially and financially. But with the right partnership and determination of both the schools and its supporters, it is attainable.
Other areas in the Visayas reached by the Aflatoun Program of the NATCCO Network are Mandaue City, Antique Province, and Maasin City (Southern Leyte).
In Mindanao, Aflatoun was recently implemented in Tagum City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Talacogon (Agusan del Sur), and Cagayan de Oro City.
In Luzon, Aflatoun was opened in Paranaque City, Naga City, Tabaco City, and Baguio City.