FAWEZI HOLDS 5TH AGM

Forum for African Women Educationalists-Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) held its 5th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 30th of August 2019. The AGM ran under the theme “Promoting Equitable, Inclusive, and Quality Lifelong Education in Zimbabwe.” It was attended by FAWEZI members from all the ten provinces of Zimbabwe and other senior education officials including Provincial Education Directors, District Schools Inspectors and School Heads.

Speaking at the event the Guest of Honour Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Paul Mavima commended FAWEZI for the work that it is doing is supporting government efforts in the education system of Zimbabwe.

“Over the years FAWEZI has become a key strategic partner to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. It has a noble goal, that of supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable children to access education and perform well up to the highest level possible.” He said.

“The Ministry cherishes with interest this special goal as it resonates well with its focus on promoting equitable access to quality education.”

The event was also graced by the Executive Director of Forum for African Women Educationalists- (FAWE) Martha Muhwezi who also commended FAWEZI for organising the 5th AGM. Former Minister Fay Chung (founding member of FAWE) was also present.

Representatives from the Education Coalition of Zimbabwe, Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, and Action Aid Zimbabwe also attended and gave solidarity speeches during the event. Towards the end of the event the reigning National Executive Committee (NEC) was dissolved and elections were held thereby putting in place a new NEC.

The FAWEZI Alumi and current beneficiaries were also present .The AGM was held at Queen Elizabeth High School in Harare.

STEM CAREER GUIDANCE DAY

In line with its running Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) project FAWEZI held a one day career guidance for high school learners at Oriel Girls High School on the 22nd of March 2019. This event was aimed at bringing female role models in STEM closer to the learners so that they could get insight on how to follow diverse career paths in STEM. FAWEZI invited 5 leaners from 6 of its project schools in the Epworth Mabvuku Tafara District. (Oriel Girls, Tafara 1, Tafara 2, Mabvuku, Epworth, Domboramwari) to attend and receive hands on training and mentorship from various STEM mentors. FAWEZI conducted this in partnership the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) – Technology Transfer Center. Other mentors present were drawn from, Techwomen Zimbabwe, Purple Future Trust and Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers. The activities of the day included design thinking skill sessions, group ICT mentorship session hands-on programming (code labs) for all participants’ competitions in design thinking and STEM career guidance lectures.

FAWEZI believes that such events increase the interest in STEM especially by girls as they bring in fun to the learning and teaching of STEM and also provide close interaction with role models. The attendants (teachers and students) recommended that FAWEZI holds more of such events and also included more learners. As an organisation that has been working in schools in Zimbabwe since 1998, FAWEZI has been implementing various projects to promote girls education. Central to its work has been the promotion of the uptake and performance of girls in STEM.  FAWEZI is currently in the last year of implementing a 3 year STEM project funded by the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) which is targeted at creating an interest and excellence in STEM by the girls from selected schools in the Epworth – Mabvuku -Tafara District.

Quiz

The District Education Officer for Epworth Mabvuku Tafara, Dr T Mavhundutse on Tuesday said she was humbled to have the implementation  of the  FAWEZI Science

Math and Technology program in her district.

Dr Mavhundutse was speaking at Oriel Girls High School were FAWEZI was recording its Science Math and Technology (SMT) radio quiz competition.

In her welcome remarks Dr Mavhundutse said she fully acknowledges the sterling work that FAWEZI continues to do and also hopes that the quiz competitions can be an annual event comprising of all the districts in the country.

“FAWEZI is clearly seized with the matters of national consequence that help empower girls,”she said.
“The organization has done well in upholding the Zimbabwe Agenda for Socio economic Transformation (ZIMASSET).”

The participants in the quiz competition were three of the project schools which are Oriel Girls High, Mabvuku High and Domboramwari High school.

They competed in two categories comprising the juniors (form 1 and 2) and the seniors (form 3).
Mabvuku High shook off stiff competition from the two schools and emerged winner in both categories and became the overall champion.

The quiz questions were derived from the Science Math and technology related topics and were selected by the teachers.

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