FAWEZI Holds Start-Up Workshop for SRHR Project

On July 21 FAWEZI successfully held the start up workshop for our 2-year sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR) program at the Ambassador Hotel.

The project is being sponsored by Amplify Change in line with their mission of promoting communities educated on, and dedicated to, the teaching of sexual reproductive health information. The workshop was attended by various civil organisations and representatives from the education sector.Our objectives were to engage the participants in a discussion aimed at identifying the best ways to address the issues of SRHR in Epworth and Chegutu. FAWEZI also wanted to identify the organisations that are currently implementing projects around SRHR and also understand how their methodologies are working in order to implement the most efficient and sustainable interventions. An atlas of who is doing what in SRHR is currently being drafted and will help identify the next steps for all stakeholders to connect and move forward.

FAWEZI and Chiedza Awarded Second Place in the Stories for Change Competition

FAWEZI was recently awarded a finalist position in an international story competition funded by ADEA. This week, on July 7th, representatives from FAWEZI and Chiedza Child Care Centre traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where they were awarded second place in the competition!

FAWEZI submitted three stories on behalf of Zimbabwean organisations out of the many entries given to us. Ministers of Education from participating FAWE chapters selected the stories that showcased the best practices for promoting significant change for children in Africa from across six countries. FAWEZI is honored to have been involved with the competition and for our partnership with Chiedza Child Care Centre.

FAWEZI Partners with Ruvheneko Parienyatwa to Provide Sanitary and Bursary Support

FAWEZI has recently partnered up with radio host Ruvheneko Parienyatwa to provide sanitary ware for five high school girls and bursary support for one girl as they continue their education.

On July 7th FAWEZI representatives Nqobile Nkiwane and Jasmine Shirey went to Mabvuku High School with Ruvheneko Parienyatwa where they met with a teacher, Agness Masaza, the students themselves, and their guardians. Ms. Parienyatwa spoke at length with the girls and their guardians about the importance of education for girls and of believing in themselves. She reminded them that “being an orphan does not define who you are”, assured them that they “have a big sister or a mother in me”, and that she wasn’t going anywhere. FAWEZI and Ruvheneko Parienyatwa will be meeting with the girls on a three-month basis to check in with them and supply them with the sanitary ware.

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.