Orientation of Non Teaching staff on responding to SGBV, SRH and harmful practices

On the 9th of July FAWEZI held an orientation of non-teaching staff in primary and secondary schools at Chimhanda High School – Rushinga District.  The training focused on identification, reporting, and responding to sexual GBV. SRHR and harmful practices. This activity came under the project – Prevention and Social Norms to End Violence against Women and Girls – Spotlight Initiative. To kick start the project in the Rushinga District we held a Stakeholders meeting to discussing opportunities for partnerships in addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. We discussed what initiatives have worked in addressing SGBV in the past, what facilities are in place to assist young women, and what other Spotlight Initiative partners are currently working on.

Latest Preventing School-Related Gender-Based Violence Activities

FAWEZI hosted a number of activities for our program for preventing school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) this week.

Firstly, we held a 2-day training for the sensitization of School Heads on preventing SRGBV. The first day took place in Bindura at Hermann Gmeiner High School, where FAWEZI facilitator, Daphne Chimuka, helped participants explore “sex, gender, and power in the school.” The second day took place in Chitungwiza where school heads were trained and spoke in groups about multiple facets of SRGBV.

In addition, we hosted the program “Effective Leadership for Preventing and Responding to School Related Gender Based Violence” in Harare. The programme was graced by one head and one teacher from each of our Preventing SRGBV project schools, as well as representatives from the Deputy Provincial Education Directors responsible for Learner Welfare, Psychological Services and Special Needs Education (LEPS), the PED’s office – Education Inspectors in Guidance and Counselling and Provincial Education Psycologist (PEPS), the Harare Province – Learner Welfare Services Department, Education Inspectors (EI) assigned to Guidance and Counselling tasks, the DSI‘s office – Remedial Tutor (RT) and District Lifelong Literacy Coordinator (DLLC).

Part of the program was unpacking policy provisions on SRGBV towards strengthening implementation, opportunities/linkages with the Whole School Approach, and raising actions to be done by the 10 project schools.

This program would not be possible without UNGEI and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). 

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SRHR Leadership Training

The FAWEZI team had a wonderful experience facilitating a leadership training workshop organised by Chitungwiza Junior Council and School Prefects. The training session was attended by over 40 adolescent girls and boys who took part in lively discussions on leadership Skills and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

FAWEZI Lauches Tuseme Under ‘Empowered Adolescents for Improved Quality of Life’

FAWEZI recently launched Tuseme/Let us speak out/Taura unzwike/Khuluma uzwakale in Shamva and Chitungwiza. The launches were closely followed by training of trainer (TOT) workshops in each district respectively.

Tuseme uses theatre-for-development and trains girls to identify and understand the problems that affect them, articulate these problems, and take action to solve them. Through drama, song and creative arts, girls learn negotiation skills, how to speak out, self-confidence, decision-making and leadership skills. Tuseme enables female youth empowerment and gender awareness by enhancing girls’ self-esteem, leadership, social and life skills, and promotes a positive attitude amongst boys towards girls’ education. FAWEZI is implementing Tuseme workshops through the program ‘Empowered Adolescents for Improved Quality of Life’.

The Shamva launch and the first day of TOT occurred on the 28th of October at Wadzanai Primary School in Shamva. During this workshop, the facilitator took the participants through some of the stages of Tuseme including theatre creation. Teachers and learners presented then prepared dramas, poems, and songs that articulated the hindrances to academic performance among learners. Child marriages were among these hindrances.

On 31 October, FAWEZI launched Tuseme in Chitungwiza. The launch took place at Tafadzwa Primary School in Chitungwiza where we Launched the Tuseme/Let us speak out /Taura unzwike/Khuluma Uzwakale empowerment programme. The Harare Provincial Education Director, Mr C.C. Kateera, was our guest of honour and he officially opened the ceremony. FAWEZI also started the first day of Chitungwiza TOT on the same day. Participants from our 5 project schools in the district were involved with the training. During the two-day TOT, FAWEZI interrogated the role of the teacher, learner, parent, and Government in improving the academic performance of girls and boys. The training witnessed lively performances from the learners after the theatre creation. Our audience was comprised of learners, teachers, parents, and representatives from the Chitungwiza Schools District Office.

You can stay up to date on this project by following us on Facebook at Fawezi. This activity is under the Program for ‘Empowered Adolescents for Improved Quality of Life,’ which FAWEZI implements with ActionAid Zimbabwe, Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe, and AIDS Counseling Trust.

Teaching Girls to Make Re-Usable Sanitary Wear

FAWEZI is partnering with Women in Tech to host workshops on making re-usable sanitary pads. Last week we went to Mabvuku High School and Domboramwari High school and taught fifty girls the strategy to make the pads out of any cloth they may have available. The activity was in line with the Menstrual Health Day (MHD) which is commemorated annually on the 28th of May. Due to the economic hardships in Zimbabwe, FAWEZI and Women in Tech saw is necessary to teach the girls to make their own pads so that they will not miss school because of lack of sanitary pads. We look to continue hosting these events into the future.
Advantages of re-usable sanitary pads:
• Cheap – as one will be making them with available material, for example old toweling cloth
• Comfortable – as they do not have chemicals which causes girls to react.
• They can be used as panty liners.
Points to note:
• The re-usable sanitary pads need thorough washing.
• Dry them in the sun or where there is air circulation.

The girls made sanitary pads for themselves and took them home.

Girls at Mabvuku High School showing off their new pads.