Aflatoun Child social and Financial Education Training for FHIDO Staff

Aflatoun child social and financial education training of trainers was provided for 25 staff members of FHIDO. The trainees are working on different programs and projects of the organization. The participants include CDFs, Program officers, M&E officer, program coordinator and others. The training was provided from October 19/ 2015 to October 21/ 2015 for three consecutive days. The training was provided by the organization’s manager who is also Aflatoun child social and financial education regional master trainer.


Day One

After introduction was made on the program and schedule of the training, the participants forwarded their fears and expectation on the training and the trainer forwarded answers for the fears and how the expectation will be dealt with throughout the training. Participants were provided with handout which contains basic points on Aflatoun. Aflatoun is an Indian word meaning exploration; it is symbolized by a fireball from outer space. Aflatoun education is a program which aims to create behavioral change on children during their early age. It also inspires children to be socially and economically empowered. The trainer also briefed the core elements, theory of change and motto of Aflatoun child financial and social education. The participants raised different questions and comments on the presentation. Some of the comments are; we need to learn from other organization’s failure and strength to implement Aflatoun in Ethiopia, Could Indian and Ethiopian cultural setting be similar to implement Aflatoun? Aflatoun needs commitment especially on the partnership with government; you must give more emphasis on that.


Day Two     

On the second day, after the recap session of the 1st day, the trainer raised discussion on the importance of child centered Vs lecture teaching methods. Important ideas were forwarded regarding the benefits of child centered teaching method. The participants presented group work on personal understanding and exploration using child centered teaching methodology. This exercise enables the children to understand themselves and their community culturally, economically and psychologically. The UN child rights convention is part of Aflatoun’s personal understanding and exploration core element. The UN convention has 4 pillars of child rights namely, Survival right, the right to participation, the right to protection and development right. The trainees conducted mock exercise on UN CRC. The mock exercise equipped the trainees on the rights and responsibilities of children and how they can manage to earn their rights and deliver their responsibilities side by side.


Day Three                      

After the recap of the 2nd day by the HR head and trainees, the 3rd day training was started by energizer exercise on spontaneous reaction. This exercise paves the way for discussion on the causes of child behavioral development and the reactions observed from children. This exercise aims to make participants understand the benefits of spontaneous actions and how children’s reactions are more sensitive than adults.

Image theater was another group exercise presented by trainees. The participants have performed sadness, fright and happiness from 7 to 10 seconds’ images for facilitators and other groups. The aim of the session was enabling participants tell stories through body language and facial expression. Children will also be equipped with easy understanding of people’s feeling by figuring out their reaction.

 Participants Demonstrating Image Theater

Child enterprise - social and financial is the final core element of Aflatoun program. The participants were divided in to three groups. The 1st group presented a drama which shows social enterprise, the 2nd one presented financial enterprise and the third group delivered a drama which represents both the financial and social enterprises in a combined way. Additionally, the participants discussed on gender issue and how the society reinforces gender and awareness on gender. Finally, the trainer handed over certificate for the participants.


Quarterly Staff Review Meeting

FHIDO’s quarterly staff review meeting was held on October 06, 2015 at the organization’s meeting hall. A total of 40 (Male 26 and Female 14) FHIDO program and administrative staff members have participated on the meeting. The aim of the meeting was to create awareness on Theory of Change and held discussion on FY2016 plan of programs and administrative issues. The meeting was conducted in three sessions. In the first part, FHIDO’s manager briefed the participants on Child Fund Theory of Change. The second session was covered by presentations of Sponsorship program officers on their FY2015/ 2016 plan while the third session was devoted for group work of participants in their respective thematic areas.

Review Meeting Participants

Review Meeting Participants

Briefing on Theory of Change was made by the organization’s manager on what the goals in each programmatic area and the respective objectives under the goals are. He also discussed Child Fund’s concept of domain and pathway in detail. Goals and objectives oversee the final results that are supposed to be achieved after the implementation of collective project activities and additional stakeholder efforts. Domains are the milestones which leads the way towards achieving our objectives while pathways are the directive statements to properly implement activities which have relatively the same characteristics. Activities are the final deliverables in FHIDO’s core programmatic approach.

Presentation, Theory of Change

Presentation on FY 2016 plan was the second session, plan presentations by FHIDO’s program officers, project coordinator, knowledge management officer and HR head were made. Early childhood development, Basic education and youth development programs have presented their respective activity plan. After each presentation, questions have been raised from the participants and appropriate answers were provided for the above questions.

FY 2016 Plan Presentation

The final session was group discussion and presentation of challenges faced during program implementation and possible solutions for the challenges. FHIDO’s manager forwarded concluding remarks on the group presentations and emphasized the importance of local resource mobilization for some of the problems discussed in the groups. i.e. dissatisfaction of beneficiaries on service provision. Finally, recognition award was provided for good performing staff members.

Group Discussion and Presentation