Aflatoun Mega Mela

January 24, 2013

SICHREM and Meljol, Mumbai organised Mega Mela for Children as part of the Aflatoun Child Social & Financial Education program in schools in Bangalore City. The program was organised on 11th December 2012. There were about 107 students and 17 teachers from 18 schools participated in this event. 

Mr. Subrath, Senior Coordinator, Meljol; Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM & Fr. Edward, Member KSCPCR at the inaugural ceremony

Mr. Subrath, Senior Coordinator, Meljol; Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM & Fr. Edward, Member KSCPCR at the inaugural ceremony


Ms. Nagarathna, Block Monitor from SICHREM handling session on Child Rights

Ms. Nagarathna, Block Monitor from SICHREM handling session on Child Rights

A session on Banking

A session on Banking

Children Learning Art

Children Learning Art


Training for Teachers on Child Rights and Financial Education

August 9, 2012

Teachers Training Workshop on Aflatoun Child Social and Financial Education was conducted on 2nd & 3rd August 2012 at United Mission School, Bangalore. The program was jointly organised by Meljol, HSBC, Department of Public Instructions and SICHREM. 36 teachers from 25 schools participated in the Workshop. Ms. Revathy, Executive Director of Meljol and Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director of SICHREM inaugurated the training.

‘Mega Mela’ for Government School students

November 3, 2011

Around one fifty children from eighteen government schools displayed their talent and creativity at a ‘mega mela’ for government school students of Bangalore, organised by Meljol-Aflatoun, South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring.

The programme was exclusively meant for children studying in municipal and government schools. SICHREM had organised this event to understand what the students have understood in the last academic year.

“As part of this programme, they were exposed to functioning of banks and the need to develop the habit of saving from childhood. More importantly, the children were given a platform to show their talent and creativity,” said Reena, senior coordinator for National,Meljol, Mumbai.

“We were thrilled by the hidden talent of these children. Although they study in municipal and government schools their creativity is at par with the convent going kids. Given any opportunity, these students will surpass their convent school counterparts.

“Our organisation has been working for improving creativity among the less-privileged children of municipal and government schools. We feel contended if these kids become  respectable citizens of our nation”, added Reena.

The children were busy throughout the day, taking part in several activities like painting and creative writing. They came up with beautiful paintings and read out self composed poems. The event was conducted by the children without any  help from elders or parents.

Teachers from eighteen schools and members of   SICHREM were present on the occasion.

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Teachers Training Workshop on Aflatoun Child Social & Financial Education

July 19, 2011

A two days Teachers Training Workshop was conducted on Aflatoun Child Social & Financial Education on the 8th & 9th July 2011 at United Mission High School, Bangalore. The workshop was jointly organised by SICHREM, Meljol, HSBC and Department of Public Instruction – Government of Karnataka.  29 teachers from different government schools in Bangalore urban district participated in the training. The training started with a brief introduction about SICHREM and Meljol followed by a session on Child Rights & responsibilities.

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The training focused on the implementation of Aflatoun program which includes, Aflatoun Moto, election, club formation, savings, planning & budgeting, spending and bank account. Ms. Sumithra – Director, Meljol, Ms. Reena – Coordinator, Meljol, and Ms. Margaret – Deputy Director, HRE, SICHREM was the resource persons. The program was inaugurated by Mr. Mathews Philip – Executive Director, SICHREM and coordinated by Mr. Prakash – Program Officer, SICHREM.

School days in Gadag

July 6, 2010

Tree of rights, as painstakingly put together by Miss Yashodhe, an extremely dedicated Aflatoun teacher at Government Higher Primary School (GHPS) 15, Gadag.

As previously mentioned here before, in 2009 SICHREM was chosen by Meljol to run a year-long international child rights and savings education programme in Gadag called the Aflatoun Project.  In conjunction with Meljol and the Desphande Foundation, SICHREM implemented and conducted the inauguaral Aflatoun project in Gadag in November 2009.  Thus far, SICHREM’s staff have trained 110 teachers from 61 government schools who teach children in the 5th, 6th and 7th grades the programme.  Children are taught through interactive teaching methods such as singing and role plays.  SICHREM shall be training a further 39 schools over the next few months.

On Friday 2 July, SICHREM staff and Mr Amit, from the Deshpande Foundation, the funding organisation, went and visited four schools around Gadag.  We met the headmistress or headmaster of each school and spoke with the Aflatoun teacher before sitting in on a class and hearing the children sing songs and answer questions about the what they had learnt about rights and savings.  All of the classes we saw had an extremely good grasp of the concept of human rights, being able to identify examples of when human rights were being violated around them such as seeing other children working outside and not attending school.  In one school particular, several of the classes had established Aflatoun Club and had managed to save around 800Rs.

Schoolchildren at GHPS 15.

A GHPS 15 pupil drawing the Aflatoun logo.

Jyothi, Documentation and Public Relations Officer, SICHREM and Mr Amit, Deshpande Foundation, with children from the GHPS.

The SICHREM team – Mr Vasanth, Gadag Coordinator, Jyothi and Stephanie from the Bangalore office, and Mr Kalmesh, Gadag Coordinator.

Teachers from GHPKBS No 10 and Jyothi.

Boys at CS Patil Primary School.

Aflatoun project in Karnataka

June 16, 2010

SICHREM are hosting the Aflatoun project in Karnataka state. This project is in partnership Meljol a Mumbai based organisation. The programme in Karnataka is funded by the Deshpande foundation through Meljol (to learn more about Meljol SICHREM has identified 100 government schools in the Gadag district of Karntaka in which the Aflatoun programme can be initiated.

The programme trains teachers to teach about savings, the environment and resources. It also seeks to integrate an understanding of child rights. Once children know what their rights are, they will be aware of when they are being violated. In particular teachers are analysing the Child Rights Convention with the children.

SICHREM has already held three teacher training camps. The programme is currently operating in 61 of the 100 schools identified. To ensure that the programme is having the desired impact we have school level camps in which independent observers check to see that the children understand the lesson that Aflatoun seeks to impart.

The impact of the programme has seen children  start their own Aflatoun clubs, which are similar to the child rights clubs of the past. Having been inspired by the environmental message of the programme they have also been planting trees in their schools.

The Aflatoun project compliments SICHREM’s human rights education programmes as it seeks to educate children in matters not covered by the conventional syllabus. While there is a focus on the rights of the child this programme also seeks to teach financial responsibility and environmental awareness to the pupils. We hope that Aflatoun and human rights education can work in conjunction with each other and produce citizens who are more considerate of both the environment and other human beings.