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.

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 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.