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WHO ARE WE?

The Forum for African Women Educationalists Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) is a non-governmental organisation established in 1998 and registered as a private voluntary organisation in 1999. FAWEZI is an affiliate of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), a Pan-African Non-Governmental organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. FAWE was founded in 1992 by five African women ministers of education — the late Hon. Vida Yeboa of Ghana, Hon. Simone de Comarmond of Seychelles, Hon. Paulette Missambo of Gabon,  Hon. Dr Fay Chung of Zimbabwe, and Hon. Alice Tiendrebéogo of Burkina Faso.

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OUR VISION

A nation in which gender disparities in education are reduced with more girls having access to school, completion of studies and performing well.

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WHAT WE DO?

Community advocacy

Our community advocacy work targets communities where gender inequalities are common. FAWEZI works towards building public awareness on the social and economic value of girls’ education so that citizens take responsibility for the task and collectively work to support the education agenda.

Policy Advocacy

FAWEZI recognizes the commendable improvement in addressing girls’ education in Zimbabwe, but the work isn’t finished yet. Appropriate education policies are key for effective gender transformation in education systems, therefore FAWEZI works to influence education policy in favor of increasing access, improving retention and enhancing performance of girls in school.

Demonstrative Interventions

Demonstrative Interventions  aim to identify and implement projects that work in the area of educating girls, demonstrating to stakeholders the ideal places for improvement.

Research

In order to identify the best ways to implement change, FAWEZI keeps up to date on research studies involving girls and education. We also conduct our own studies, adding to this important literature, examples include:

FAWEZI Collaborates With:

• Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI) — FAWEZI is one of seven organisations instrumental in building ECOZI and is the Chairperson of ECOZI’s Management Committee
•    Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC)
•    Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCOZ) and within WCOZ: the Education Thematic Committee
•    National Association of NGOs (NANGO), of which FAWEZI is a member
•    Education Sector Working Group (ESWG) with whom FAWEZI participates in monthly
meetings co-chaired by UNICEF and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education

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