SRGBV Learner Training on Tuseme

FAWEZI hosted an SRGBV Learner Training on Tuseme/let us speak out/taura unzwike this week. Learners and teachers from Shamva and Chitungwiza project schools came to Mberi Primary School in Chitungwiza to participate. The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education from both districts also graced the event.

After having everyone together in the early morning, FAWEZI then facilitated separate sessions for teachers and learners to discuss adolescent SRHR issues such as menstrual management. Later, Fawe Tanzania (FAWETZ) National Coordinator, Neema Kitainda Kitundu, introduced the “Tuseme/ Let us Speak Out /Taura Unzwike girls empowerment program” to all participants. Tuseme was developed in Tanzania in 1998 by FAWETZ as a way to empower girls to speak out about issues in their lives, and possible solutions. We are honored to have had NC Kitundu as a facilitator for this training.

On the second day of the training, learners reported to the group on physical, economic, academic, and social problems faced at their particular schools. Later, the learners discussed potential ways of solving these same issues. That afternoon, we had a lively discussion on the Tuseme processes facilitated by Neema Kitundu, and by Daphne Chimuka, a gender pedagogy consultant from Zambia. FAWEZI believes in empowering not only the adults but the learners to make cultural changes in their own school communities.

Day 3 of our SRGBV Learner Training started with morning theatre performances from the students and the teachers. These performances portrayed challenges that the school communities face. Post-performance discussions followed, with the audience coming up with possible solutions to the issues depicted in the skits. Later in the day, participants underwent life skills training. FAWEZI wishes to ensure that learners are able to realize their full potential and become responsible adults who make contributions to their society and communities.

Thank you FAWEZI partners UN Girls’ Education Initiative and Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) for making this program possible.

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