Uniform Handover in Epworth

May 2017 saw bright skies, large crowds, and many new students in the Epworth-Mabvuku-Tafara district. The Minister of Sport and Recreation, the Provisional Education Director, and the District Administrator graced Domboramwari High School for the opening of its new basketball court and a ceremonial uniform handover for FAWEZI’s newest 42 beneficiaries.

Among the celebrations were a ribbon cutting and first basketball shots, entertainment, uniform and sanitary handover, speeches, the launch of FAWEZI’s STEM competition, and lunch. The uniform handover was directed at out of school girls from three campaigns: an education grant campaign supported be ‘Doenkers’, a sexual reproductive health rights and education programme supported by ‘Amplify Change’, and an effort to send young women back to school who had dropped out due to pregnancy or financial struggle, which has been funded but many individuals through the Global Giving crowd funding site.

All these girls came together yesterday to celebrate their renewed chance at education, the support of family, friends, the school, and the local government, and of course, the new school shoes.

FAWEZI could not have made this happen without the generous support of Doenkers VWZ, Amplify Change, and many individual Global Giving donors. The global giving campaign is still underway and the more money raised the more girls go to school! Click here to donate.

FAWEZI Hosts Teacher Training Workshops

In May 2017 FAWEZI hosted two workshops at Harare Girl’s High School.

The morning workshop was for guidance and counselling teachers and young women from the Epworth-Mabvuku-Tafara district, and focused on methods of cultivating life and leadership skills in children. The afternoon workshop hosted mostly teachers of math and science subjects and members of the school development committee from the same district. This latter event emphasised the promotion of girls in STEM subjects and bringing conversations of gender into the classroom.

Both workshops were graced by the presence of Richard Kwenada, who is the head facilitator at KUIBUKA team building. He led many team building exercises and innovatively introduced topics such as leadership skills, communicating visions, and partnership development. In the afternoon workshop, Knowledge Chikundi from Zimbabwe Science Fair, shared a presentation on ‘Fun Science!’, suggesting various demonstrations to attract children, and especially girls, to science subjects and show how “science is everywhere”.

In the morning, two FAWEZI consultants shared the results of their desk review on sexual reproductive health knowledge in the Epworth-Mabvuku-Tafara district. FAWEZI representative Jasmine Shirey led both workshops through hopes and expectations, which were later reviewed by the FAWEZI team to evaluate the success of the day and make notes for next time. In closing, the participants managed to map ways forward with school based action plans and share ideas with one another.

FAWEZI signs MoU with Makonde Rural District Council

FAWEZI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Makonde Rural District Council on March 10,2017.

The Implementation framework of the MoU includes the creation of an enabling environment for access, retention and school completion for all children in the community surrounding Cheuchi. It also focuses on increasing access to education to Early Childhood Development Care in Cheuchi in accordance with the approved plans by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary education (MoPSE).

FAWEZI Alumni Celebrates the International Day of The Girl Child

The Forum for African Women Educationalist Zimbabwe (FAWEZI) Alumni held (belated) celebrations of the International Day of the Girl Child (IDCG) on November 5, 2016. The celebrations were conducted in partnership with the Girl guides Association of Zimbabwe (GGAZ) under the theme –‘Promoting quality education through standardised partnerships and gender equality, good health and well-being of the girl child.’

Members of the FAWEZI Alumni and GGAZ participated in various sporting competitions at Warren Park 2 primary grounds. The sporting disciplines included potato sack race, netball, girls’ soccer and athletics. The Zimbabwe Correctional Services Deputy Commissioner General Mupure was the guest of honour.

Speaking at the event the Deputy Commissioner General said any one can achieve their dreams if they work hard. “My gender did not matter when I joined ZPCS in 1986,I rose from the junior ranks up to where I am today because of hard work,” She said. Mupure went to challenge the girls to thrive to achieve more than they already have in their school work. “I challenge you girls to remain focused and thrive to do more,” she said.

FAWEZI provided trophies, shields and medals for the winners.

FAWEZI Attends ‘Ending Child Marriage Concert

The Forum for African Women Educationalist Zimbabwe (FAWEZI) was part of the Ending Child Marriages concert held in the Harare on October 26.

The concert was led by Padare/Enkundleni/ Mens Forum on Gender and was graced by local musicians Oliver Mutudzi, Ex -Q , Shinsoman, Ngoni Kambarami ,Tariro neGitare and Claire Nyakudyara amongst others.

Children in and out of school attended the concert were they enjoyed music that speaks against the social evil. The Civil Organization which were present exhibited their work and material which is line with ending child marriages.
WOMEN’s Affairs minister Nyasha Chikwinya was the guest of honour.

Minister Chikwinya told the girls that they are fortunate to be growing in an era that has people and organisations that support girl chid education.

“When I was a girl there was no-one to fight for me to become a strong girl, it was just me and my parents,” she said.

“Some girls were even married off because they were bright.”

Commitments to FAWEZI

At the launch of the Alumni Association in September 2015 various alumni members and guests made commitments to FAWEZI.

Radio personality 1: “Every woman deserves to be smart”.
She committed to assisting girls with sanitary wear. She also said she is working toward adopting a girl child whom she will assist in taking to school.

Radio personality 2: “I commit to be the fun side of FAWEZI”
She promised to be part of FAWEZI activities and use her expertise to mobilize and advocate for the empowerment of the girl child.

Pepeture Moyo: “I want to be involved in advocacy and networking”.
She also committed to teaching girls about fitness.

Nqobile Nkiwane: “I want to be the voice for FAWEZI”
She is willing to use her journalism experience in publicizing FAWEZI activities

Nokuthula Mubaiwa:
 “I want to help in keeping the Alumni network vibrant”
She wants to be involved in teaching girls about technology.

Wendy Mutize:
 “As a product of FAWEZI I will provide my services whenever they are needed.”
She promised to take part in mentorship and advocacy programs

Siphethisiwe Moyo: “I hope to assist FAWEZI financially in the near future.”
She wants to see the organization grow in advocacy and be better positioned to influence education policies in Zimbabwe and the world.

FAWEZI Alumni Launch

On September 15 FAWE Regional Secretariat network specialist Ms Daphine Chimuka successfully launched the FAWEZI Alumni Network at the Management Training Bureau (MTB) Masasa.

In her speech Ms Chimuka said she was happy to see young women commit to working together for the empowerment of the girl child.

“As the FAWE Regional Secretariat we are officially recognising this Alumni as from now,” she said.
Ms Chimuka also said in line with 1992 FAWE agenda the FAWEZI Alumni should thrive to liberate every girl child through education.

“We should also note that entering school is not so important, what is more is important is staying there,” Ms Chimuka said.

The guest speaker at the event Ms Marcey Mushore also emphasised on the need to empower girls.
Mushore spoke about the need to encourage every parent to take their children to school.
“The more educated one is more the more they are worth,” she said.

The Alumni members elected a new committee whose members pledged to work to the best of their abilities to keep the Alumni Network vibrant.

Quiz

The District Education Officer for Epworth Mabvuku Tafara, Dr T Mavhundutse on Tuesday said she was humbled to have the implementation  of the  FAWEZI Science

Math and Technology program in her district.

Dr Mavhundutse was speaking at Oriel Girls High School were FAWEZI was recording its Science Math and Technology (SMT) radio quiz competition.

In her welcome remarks Dr Mavhundutse said she fully acknowledges the sterling work that FAWEZI continues to do and also hopes that the quiz competitions can be an annual event comprising of all the districts in the country.

“FAWEZI is clearly seized with the matters of national consequence that help empower girls,”she said.
“The organization has done well in upholding the Zimbabwe Agenda for Socio economic Transformation (ZIMASSET).”

The participants in the quiz competition were three of the project schools which are Oriel Girls High, Mabvuku High and Domboramwari High school.

They competed in two categories comprising the juniors (form 1 and 2) and the seniors (form 3).
Mabvuku High shook off stiff competition from the two schools and emerged winner in both categories and became the overall champion.

The quiz questions were derived from the Science Math and technology related topics and were selected by the teachers.

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Science Math and Technology (SMT) Project

Our work to promote the participation and performance of secondary school girls in Science, Mathematics and Technology, (SMT) FAWEZI is being funded by the Virginia Gilder Sleeve International Fund (VGIF). FAWEZI recently embarked on a two day workshop at its offices in Mount Pleasant. The workshop was attended by teacher representatives from the project schools which are Oriel Girls, Mabvuku High 1 and Domboramwari Secondary School, the Acting Provincial Education Director Harare Province and the Acting District Education Officer Epworth-Mabvuku- Tafara District.

The workshop was a training of trainers on the Gender-Responsive Pedagogy (GRP) model developed by FAWE, in 2005. The model seeks to empower teachers with knowledge on incorporating gender in the teaching and learning process in order to encourage participation of both girls and boys. The workshop was facilitated by the FAWEZI GRP trainers from Chinhoyi University of Technology and Belvedere Technical Teachers College. Members of the FAWEZI secretariat and the National Chairperson were in also attendance.
This is what the S.M.T Workshop participants had to say:
Otilia Mbirimi a Mathematics teacher at Oriel girls High had this to say “the workshop was empowering, I have a lot on how to attend to pupils based on gender related needs and challenges.”

“Before this training I was not aware of the need of gender responsiveness in the classroom I am now able to treat a pupil in line with the needs of the different sexes.”

Tamburirai Manyonganise a metal work teacher at Mabvuku said she has understood Gender Responsive Pedagogy and is ready to implement it.
“I have learnt how to encourage girls to take up technical subjects as much as boys do and I am now ready to take part in science math and technical projects at our school.” she said.

Pirayi Hungwe a mathematics teacher at Domboramwari Secondary said she is grateful to FAWEZI for the training.
“I have been trained to be able to implement gender responsiveness in the classroom especially to encourage girls to take up science, mathematics and technical subjects,” she said.

FAWEZI Embarks on a Two Year SRHR Project with Amplify Change

FAWEZI will be implementing a Sexual Reproductive Health Rights project in Epworth-Mabvuku Tafara and Chegutu Districts as from July 2016. Our main objective is to challenge the stigma, discrimination, attitudes and laws surrounding sexual reproduction of girls and young women.

The project also seeks to empower young men and women to realize their sexual and reproductive rights. We aim to help secure recognition of sexual and reproductive health and rights while enabling girls and boys to realize their full potential in safe and supportive environments.

Our project is funded by Amplify Change.