Millenium Development Goals

Millenium Development Goals

The Aflatoun Programme contributes to a number of the UN's Millenium Development Goals in the following ways:

MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

The Aflatoun programme aims to equip this and future generations of children with tools to fight poverty - specifically, to embed responsible citizenship, savings habits, and understanding of financial management. Aflatoun started piloting the programme in non-formal education systems (street children, institutions) in 2008.

MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education

Child Savings International supports the 100% primary school enrolment goal by rolling out Aflatoun primarily through national education systems. In India, the Aflatoun Programme (then called MelJol) was found to increase school attendance rates. The majority of student's savings across Aflatoun's global programmes are also found to be spent on school supplies and school attendance fees to boost student attendance and female attendance.

MDG 3: Promote gender equality, empower women

Gender equality is mostly explored in Workbooks 5-8 with children entering older ages. Workbook 8 has the strongest focus on gender equality. Aflatoun's curriculum shows that to achieve female empowerment, both genders must be educated from an early age to understand parity and equality from female and male perspectives. This is done through fun and interactive activities to explore children's cultural understanding and build culturally relevant mindsets for gendered empowerment.

MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Environmental sustainability is addressed throughout the eight Aflatoun workbooks with fun, engaging games and activities that teach children to value all resources - not just financial, but environmental too. Children are taught to save resources like water and energy, and are also taught the importance of a sustainable relationship with the environment to avoid resource depletion and a negative human impact on their surroundings.

MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for development

Child Savings International is creating a strong global network consisting of NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organisations, governments and corporations to roll out the Aflatoun programme, share best practices and build global capabilities.