FAWEZI held codes of conduct planning meetings on the 31st of August in Shamva with 5 project schools and on the 11 of September in Chitungwiza. The aim of the meetings was to equip the core teams with knowledge on how to develop school level Codes of Conduct in line with existing national and International laws and policies. The meeting was attended by representatives from the District Office, school heads and project link teachers. FAWEZI engaged a legal resource person to give guidance to drafting an effective Code of Conduct.
On the 25th and 31st of August ,FAWEZI facilitated School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV) referral pathway meetings between school heads from project schools and the CSO’s working in the Shamva and Chitungwiza Districts. The meetings were to connect the schools to the service providers and also establish the existing referral pathways in relation to SRGBV. The schools managed to map the services that are at their disposal and also recommend further relations between the schools and the CSO’s.
On the 21st of September FAWEZI successfully held a Stakeholder meeting in the Muzarabani District to introduce the Project – “Prevention and Social Norms to End Violence against Women and Girls – Spotlight Initiative. FAWEZI signed a MoU with the Muzarabani Rural Council to kick start the implementation of the project . FAWEZI will be using the Tuseme/Let us speak Girls Empowerment Model to address issues of harmful practices that perpetuate Violence against Women and Girls and Gender Based Violence .
From the 28th of September to the 2nd of October FAWEZI rolled out the Tuseme/Speak out Girls Empowerment model to the five project schools in the Rushinga District. We used theater performances to help the girls and boys to identify challenges that hinder their academic performance and also come up with solutions to them. We set up Tuseme clubs in the schools and also shared information and distributed fliers on COVID-19 . The schools are Kasenzi primary and Secondary, Katoni , Makuni and Rusambo Secondary Schools. This was under the project -‘Prevention and Social Norms to end Violence against Girls and Women –Spotlight Initiative’.
On the 27th and 29th of July FAWEZI trained the second group of teachers on Child Safeguarding and the National Case Management System in Shamva and Chitungwiza respectively. In attendance were Guidance and Counselling teachers and School Heads from project schools in Chitungwiza, and representatives from the Provincial and District Offices. Facilitators included Police VFU, officers from District Social Welfare, Health professionals, and FAWEZI. This activity was part of the project “Empowered Adolescent Girls for Improved Quality of Life. FAWEZI is implementing the project with support from Action Aid Zimbabwe (AAZ) and in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe (LCDZ) and AIDS Counselling Trust (ACT).
The Forum for African Women Educationalists – Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) launched a women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Forum on the 13th of February 2019. This launch was in line with the organisations interventions to promote the uptake and performance of girls and women in STEM subjects and careers.
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. The launch of the Forum was therefore a means of sustaining this intervention by mobilising women in STEM to support and commit their time and or resources to promoting STEM for girls. Read more
Last Friday the Forum for African Women Educationalists Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) Alumni in partnership with the Girl Guide Association of Zimbabwe (GGAZ) celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child (IDCG) at Cleveland Dam Recreational Park.
The day was filled presentations from the different categories from the GGAZ –Sunbeams, Brownies and Guiders and also from the FAWEZI Alumni. The guest of Honour Mrs Bvumbe who is the GGAZ Harare Provincial Adviser spoke to the girls about their rights and, responsibilities and the various forms of abuse.
“I want all of you to be able to identify abuse and report it, whether it has happened to you or a friend,” she said.
Mrs Bvumbe also taught the girls about self-respect saying that each and every girls is special in their own way.
“As girls and as little as we are we have the duty to respect and protect our bodies,” she said
Speaking at the same event FAWEZI Alumni Vice Chairperson Wendy Muzite spoke to the girls about valuing their education from a tender age.
“You all need to be serious with your school at all times so that you prepare yourselves for higher levels of education,” she said.
The girls also took part in games and were later asked to identify lessons learnt from each game most of which where team work, concentration and being truthful. To wrap up the day the participants took turns in horse riding, while some also went for brief canoeing.
Participants were drawn from Louis Mount Batten, North Park and Selborne Routledge Primary Schools.
IDCG is celebrated annually on 11th October the main aim being to promote girl’s empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face.
On September 7 The Forum for African Women Educationalists- Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) held a meeting to introduce and plan for its second phase of the project on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). FAWEZI seeks to Maximise the Opportunities for Girls and Young Women’s access to SRHR. This project comes as an augmentation to a previous project which addressed the SRHR issues for girls in and out of school.
FAWEZI gathered representatives from various Civil Organisations, Ministries and Government departments with the aim of finding out the already existing work, services and gaps in line with SRHR interventions.
Representatives of young women and junior parliamentarians shared on the challenges that they continue to face in relation to SRHR and also suggested means of solving them. Popular among the challenges raised by the adolescents were limited access to SRHR services, lack of youth friendly service centres, costs attached to the service provision, negative norms and culture , lack of recreational services and the general cloak of silence that surrounds sexual maturation issues in their homes.
FAWEZI advances the belief that change cannot occur among youth communities unless youth are involved at every level. Because of this, inception and stakeholder meetings have junior parliamentarians or other youth present whenever possible.
The representatives from the Ministry of Health and Education acknowledged the presence of challenges in dealing with young people and their SRHR issues. They indicated that there is need to capacitate service providers, educators and parents so that they are able to engage the youth with regard to the modern trends.
Access to uncontrolled internet was also identified as a reason why adolescents are equipped with inappropriate SRHR information. Other recommendations in dealing with SRHR issues also centered on packaging positive SRHR messages in youth friendly means like Google applications, whatsapp and television series which appeal to the youth.
In 2014 UNICEF released a data set that indicates that while Zimbabwe’s rates of child marriage are slightly lower than neighbouring countries, more than 1 in 3 children are still getting married before the age of eighteen. Around 1 in 25 women are married before they even reach their fifteenth birthday. The rates of child marriage are especially due to young women falling pregnant while they are still in school. In light of this, FAWEZI directs SRHR programs to both in and out of school girls. .
FAWEZI next looks forward to SRHR stakeholder meetings in Shamva. Since 1998 FAWEZI has worked all over Zimbabwe, promoting the education of the girl child and running a broad range of programs both in and out of schools to address disparities in education at multiple levels.
The Forum for African Women Educationalist Zimbabwe (FAWEZI) Alumni held (belated) celebrations of the International Day of the Girl Child (IDCG) on November 5, 2016. The celebrations were conducted in partnership with the Girl guides Association of Zimbabwe (GGAZ) under the theme –‘Promoting quality education through standardised partnerships and gender equality, good health and well-being of the girl child.’
Members of the FAWEZI Alumni and GGAZ participated in various sporting competitions at Warren Park 2 primary grounds. The sporting disciplines included potato sack race, netball, girls’ soccer and athletics. The Zimbabwe Correctional Services Deputy Commissioner General Mupure was the guest of honour.
Speaking at the event the Deputy Commissioner General said any one can achieve their dreams if they work hard. “My gender did not matter when I joined ZPCS in 1986,I rose from the junior ranks up to where I am today because of hard work,” She said. Mupure went to challenge the girls to thrive to achieve more than they already have in their school work. “I challenge you girls to remain focused and thrive to do more,” she said.
FAWEZI provided trophies, shields and medals for the winners.
On the 2nd of December 2015 a total of 200 secondary school girls from Oriel Girls, Mabvuku, Domboramwari, Epworth, and Tafara High Schools took part in a life changing science camp were they were given practical experience in careers in the field of science and technology.
The science camp which ran under the theme name DiggiGirlzday was held at Oriel Girls High School by FAWEZI in partnership with Microsoft.The camp was aimed at encouraging girls to tack up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects so as to bridge the current gap between the sexes in this field.DiggiGirlz day was a first of its kind in Zimbabwe by Microsoft and was received with much gratitude from the participating schools.
The Provincial Education Director Mr kateera officially opened the event and gave emphasis on the need to have more girls in STEM field.“I hope that through this every girl will be motivated to not only take up careers in the ICT sector in a futuristic approach but also use the skills gained from the hands on training and mentorship session in creating solutions that can solve the problems in their immediate society using technology. “ he said.
More than 10 mentors who have made it in the STEM field had time to inspire and tutor the girls alternating with a practical coding session.Representatives from Microsoftalso took part in the mentoring session.Career exhibitions were also conducted with the University of Zimbabwe Science Faculty and Harare Institute of Technology amongst the exhibitors.Vibrant radio personality TendaiGwara was the master of the ceremonies at the camp and she also motivated the girls to take up STEM and to believe in their capabilities.