Partner of the Week: Groupe d’Appui aux Programmes (GAP)

Groupe d’Appui aux Programmes (GAP) is a Malian NGO and consultancy group founded by Violet Diallo in 1970. They have been Aflatoun’s partner since 2005 and implemented Aflatoun’s first pilot program, helping to revise and further contextualise the Aflatoun Curricula. In 2009 GAP helped to translate the Aflatoun Curricula into French. Other NGOs were mobilised to implement Aflatoun’s programmes. A significant one was Centre d’Appui à la Microfinance et au Développement (CAMIDE ), a microfinance institution in the region of Kayes.

More than 10.000 children in the region of Kayes and about 3.000 children in the Bamako district have benefited from Aflatoun’s programs ran by GAP and CAMIDE. Moreover, Mali was the first country in the region to host the first sub-Regional and Regional training for teachers and trainers.

Since GAP’s interest is primarily education and support of the most vulnerable in society, it initiated talks with a vast number of teachers and their associations and unions, forming a new association named  Association Malienne des Enseignants Aflatoun (AMEA). Today AMEA is a licensed association that focuses on training of teachers, addressing lack of pedagogical training and promoting the Aflatoun program among different teachers’ platforms such as syndicates and unions.