FAWEZI recently traveled to Shamva to speak with service providers and the District School Inspector about SRHR services offered in the community, and gaps to adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) accessing services. A theme that came up consistently during the workshop was the lack of privacy individuals experience throughout the service provision process. Possible solutions mentioned included raising resources for facilities that foster privacy and campaigns to change attitudes around stigma and gossiping. Thank you AmplifyChange for supporting our work in addressing gaps in SRHR and Fawe Rs for your continuous support! We look forward to our next trip to Shamva!
On 11 September 2018 FAWEZI hosted a start up meeting for the program Design for Change (DFC). We invited teachers and students to learn about the DFC model and to participate in activities aimed at practicing the steps.
Design for Change is an international platform that advances the message that children can be their own agents of change. DFC encourages children to have an ‘I CAN’ mindset when approaching problems in their own communities. The DFC model is four steps:
- Feel the problem,
- Imagine a solution,
- Do something about it, and
- Share your experience with others.
FAWEZI oversees the Zimbabwe branch of DFC and in the start up meeting we were excited to hear the ideas of the teachers and students about implementing DFC in primary schools. Teachers and students from Avondale Primary and from Louis Mt Batten Primary attended the meeting and brought up problems in their own schools that could be focuses of DFC student-run interventions.
In addition, FAWEZI met with Sister Claris Gowo, the Education Secretary of the Education Secretariat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Harare about implementing DFC in catholic schools in Zimbabwe. The Catholic Pope has confirmed attendance at the 2019 DFC conference at the Vatican. Sister Claris was enthusiastic about the opportunity and FAWEZI looks forward to further collaboration.
The Forum for African Woman Educationalists –Zimbabwe chapter (FAWEZI) yesterday (12 June 2018) attended the launched the Zimbabwean School Health Policy at Blakiston Primary School in Harare .This policy comes as a means to endorse positive health factors and alleviate health risks among learners.
The school health policy was conjointly developed by the Ministries of Health & Child Care (MHCC) and Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) and is set to safeguard the health of learners and teachers within the school environment.
This School Health policy was developed with the vision of ‘A primary and secondary education system with an enabling environment for the provision of equitable, sustainable and quality health services for all learners’.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister of MoPSE Professor Paul Mavhima said they had been working on this policy with the MHCC for a long time and the policy will deliver health promotion for the benefit of teachers serving learners. He added that in practical terms his ministry will be investing more in school infrastructure ensuring that there are clean safe and reliable water sources, sanitation and hygiene facilities that are age appropriate, gender and disability friendly.
MCCH Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the launch of the policy highlighted the need to provide focused and comprehensive services for the improved health of the child.
“The launch of the policy again galvanises us into a pact to provide focused and comprehensive services for the improved health of the child.” He said.
FAWEZI National Coordinator Lydia Madyirapanze speaking on behalf of the Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI) commended the Ministries for the health policy.
“It is heartening to note that the development of this policy is backed by the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Education and Training,” she said.
“We are quite positive that the School Health policy which we are witnesses to its launch today will among other things, be a significant and useful framework for early detection, correction, prevention or amelioration of disease, disability and abuse from which learners can suffer”.
Madyirapanze also highlighted that the coalition is prepared to fully support the policy.
“As ECOZI we pledge to fully support the implementation of the Zimbabwe School Health Policy and our members will continue to compliment government efforts in ensuring sound health for the learners”.
The launch was attended by the Ministers of Health and Child Care, and Primary and Secondary Education, other senior Government Officials, members of the UN family, development partners and civil society representatives.