The international Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) kicks off today – ( 24 April to 1 May ). The overarching theme for 2019 is ‘Making the right to an inclusive, equitable, quality, free public education a reality.’ This annual week of action calls on urgent attention to invest in the future of all learners world-wide. GAWE supports citizens and communities to claim their right to education, encompassing the realization of the full SDG4 agenda. FAWEZI will participate in the belated Zimbabwe GAWE commemorations in June of this year.
On 14 February FAWEZI held the second session on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) dialogues at Primary and Secondary level in the Chitungwiza District. With the Primary school children the same topics were discussed: puberty, stigma, discrimination, child abuse, and systems of reporting abuse. With the Secondary school students we also also spoke about: sexual abuse, grooming, drug and substance abuse, and strengthening the reporting system. The dialogue sessions were facilitated by Mrs P Manhivi from the Chitungwiza District Schools Inspectors Office. Issues raised by the students included: increase in drug abuse by young people, forms of abuse in school areas, how and where to report cases of abuse in and around schools.
On 27 November FAWEZI supported a Guidance and Counseling training workshop for 101 teachers from selected schools in the Chitungwiza District .It was aimed at improving their capacity to deliver Guidance and Counselling .The training was done by representatives from the Chitungwiza Districts Schools Inspector’s Office. Topics for discussion included an overview of Guidance and Counselling framework in the schools, Child abuse and drug/substance abuse. Thank you Amplify Change for the support.
FAWEZI signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on Thursday 27 February 2014. The MoU signing ceremony was held at the MoPSE Head Office-Ambassador House and was officiated by the Minister of Education Honorable Lazarus Dokora.
Also in attendance were the Deputy Minister Professor Mavhima, the Acting Permanent Secretary Mr R.G Sisimayi , Principal Directors, Directors and Education Officers. FAWEZI was represented by its governing body the National Executive Committee, its volunteer members from various institutions of learning and the Secretariat.
Over the past sixteen years FAWEZI has contributed to changing the landscape of girls’ education and the lives of many girls and boys in Zimbabwe. The National Chapter has become a key strategic partner for the Ministry Primary and Secondary of Education with some of its outstanding work including:
• Contributing to the development of a Strategic Plan for the Education of Girls, Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children 2005-2010 and the implementation thereof.
• Collaborating with the Ministry and other partners in the production of the Girl Education Resource Pack that is now being used by clubs in schools for teaching life schools.
• The “TUSEME Speak Out, Taura Unzwike, Khuluma Uzwakale” Girls Empowerment Programme that equipped girls and boys with analytical and life skills enabling them to analyze the situations they encounter and making informed decisions to excel in their studies and pursue to the highest level possible.
• Their recent launch of a Programme called the Design for Change an international movement designed to give children an opportunity to express their own ideas and to put them into action to change the world, saw a team from Epworth Secondary School travelling to Ahmedabad, India to attend the Annual Be the Change Programme and Zimbabwe was the first and the only African country to take part.
• The girls award scheme to girls who excelled in Science Mathematics and Technology has been a motivating factor and demystified science subjects
• The Psychosocial Support Programmes, which have been an important safety net for many who would have otherwise dropped out of school.
• The Comprehensive Bursary Support Programme, though which deserving students have completed their education at various levels.
• The immense contribution of lobbying the government to put gender responsive policies to which the Ministry is grateful.
• Research studies: the implementation of the Policy Circular P.35 on re-re-entry of pregnant girls, review of policies and practices on how they address school based gender violence, the rapid assessment on the situation of girls education in schools in Nov 2009 and recently the baseline survey on the status of girls education.