Competition Finalists

FAWEZI awarded finalist position in international story competition funded by ADEA! Ministers of Education from participating FAWE chapters selected the most significant change stories from across six African countries.

FAWEZI submitted three stories from many Zimbabwe submissions to be judged. One of FAWEZI’s submissions — Chiedza Child Care Centre’s — was recently selected as one of the three winners.

Representatives from FAWEZI and the director of Chiedza will be traveling to Nairobi, Kenya to attend the Award ceremony.

Second Phase SRHR Project Start up Workshop

FAWEZI held its second phase start up workshop on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) in Harare on the 1st of September. Our aim was to engage teenagers in a discussion around the problems around SRHR and also listen to their proposed solutions so that we could map a way forward in our two year SRHR project to be implemented in Epworth and Chegutu.

The workshop was attended by Junior Parliamentarians who were instrumental in identifying the problems around SRHR for the youths who are in and out of school and also giving suggestions on the possible strategies to solve them. The Junior Parliamentarians confirmed that there is a lack of knowledge in the area of SRHR amongst the youth and also acknowledged that for those who are informed there is a tendency to ignore the information and indulge in pre-marital sex leading to early pregnancies, STI’s and HIV.

Child president, Tinaye Mbavari urged her fellow mates to make contributions so that a way forward could be mapped and lead to the reduction of early indulgence in sex by teens. “SRHR is the in thing, let’s all talk about it, let’s not be shy –speak out and make a difference,” she said. “It is a sensitive topic but let’s be open and fight rape, STI’s and HIV”.

There was a lively discussion between the young parliamentarians and the facilitators with the teens suggesting youth friendly means of packaging and delivering SRHR education. They also indicated that there is need to involve parents in such workshops so that they are also empowered to speak to their children on SRHR. Use of prominent people to educate the youth was also raised as a way of reaching out to the youth.

They said if musicians could be used to spread SRHR message most youths would comply as some tend to listen to their role models and celebrities. Above all the young leaders also said children need support in other abilities besides academic excellence so that those who are good in practical areas can also feel appreciated while in school and therefore reduce the risk of dropping out.

Youth friendly spaces were also applauded but the teens said they need the spaces to be better placed out of hospitals to avoid the stigma that surrounds being seen at a hospital.

STEM for Girls Through Innovative Competition Project

FAWEZI is running a ‘STEM for girls through Innovative Competitions project’ which will run from May to August 2017 in the Epworth Mabvuku-Tafara-District.

It is being run by The Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE).

The aim of this project is to create a platform for female students to test their creative, technological and innovative minds through the selective Gender responsive projects in STEM. This involves researched initiatives developed into projects that are presented for competition at the school, national and finally at the Regional level.

As an affiliate of FAWE in Nairobi which developed a (STEM) project with the aim of increasing the participation and performance of girls in STEM across Africa, FAWEZI seeks to advance the participation of Zimbabwean girls in STEM.

The STEM model incorporates activities such as; organizing science days and remedial classes for students, conducting STEM student camps, training teachers with skills to develop gender responsive teaching, encouraging teachers to use locally available teaching and learning materials, building capacities of teachers to use ICT in the teaching and learning process, starting School level STEM related projects, STEM competitions and exposing students to policy makers, exposing girls to telecommunications market leaders and female scientists as role models and mentors.

The competition will initially be conducted at school level were the overall two best innovations will be selected to compete at National level.

At the national level the best overall 2 performing projects will be selected to present the respective innovative and creative ideasas well as compete against each other at a Regional level in Lusaka, Zambia and also get an opportunity to showcase in Nairobi, Kenya at a 1 day regional conference during the FAWE Girls Education Conference and General Assembly slated for August 2017.

FAWEZI will be working with pupils and staff and pupils from selected schools in the district.

Communication has already been done with Mabvuku, Domboramwari, Epworth, Tafara 1 High Schools.

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).