FAWEZA participates in key National processes to influence policy. FAWEZA participated in the 2020 National budget, CSO policy paper development organized by CSPR in Lusaka. Among some of the issues FAWEZA wants to see in the 2020 National Budget is increased allocation of funds for ASRH taking into account the increased numbers of teen pregnancies in the country. Also allocation of funds towards the implementation and monitoring of the re-entry Policy. Other like-minded stakeholders like ZANEC want to see for increased domestic financing such as the introduction of the Education and Health Levy.
The Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia (FAWEZA) implements interventions that are aimed at empowering learners in financial literacy with an aim of changing their mind set in regards to saving and raising money. This has seen a number of learners engaging in income generating activities to raising funds to pay for their schools fees and buying school requisites such as books, uniforms and pens.
In its quest to scale down this knowledge to learners at school level, the organization enhances the capacity of teachers and community members in order to sustain its interventions. FAWEZA has trained teachers from North-Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern Provinces in financial literacy training supported by the Norwegian Church Aid and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The teachers were expected to train learners and impart them with entrepreneurship skills. Currently about 6,150 learners have been trained in financial literacy in Zambia. FAWEZA believes that the financial literacy is a more sustainable way of ensuring that education support for learners is not only limited to schoolarships but income generating for learners to support for their education.
FAWEZA working with the Ministry of General Education, UNICEF and the Curriculum Development Centre has developed a financial literacy Manual which it uses to train teachers and in turn teachers use it for training learners.
Key outcomes have been recorded under this intervention among some of the outcomes includes, learners engaging in income generating activities.
FAWEZA in the first and second quarter of 2019 has managed to re-enter a total of 460 girls back to school. This is under the organizations various projects aimed at ending child marriages, teenage pregnancies and enhancing access to sexual reproductive health rights issues.
With support from Swedish through NGOCC, NCA, CHAZ and an anonymous partner, the organization is raising community awareness through the trained community Action Groups(CAGs) on the importance of education and is urging traditional and religious leaders to support the implementation of the re-entry policy in Zambia.
Among some of the 460 girls that the organization has re-entered, the girls are being provided with education support which includes payment of school fees and purchase of school requirement.
Gender Based Violence (GBV) is one of the vices that FAWEZA fights in communities as it is among some of the barriers to girls and women’s advancement of Education. The organisation has trained GBV counsellors in Western and Eastern provinces who are expected to train other community members and continue advocating against GBV in rural areas.
The Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia has partnered with a private company producing sanitary pads –Famcare to assist girls especially in rural schools. The organization is cognizant that a number of girls do not have access to sanitary pads and as such during the time they have their menstrual cycle they tend to miss school. This increases absenteeism among the girls.
So far the organization in partnership with Scott & Bennett Ltd have distributed free sanitary pads to a total of 200 girls in Mazabuka District.
FAWEZA calls on all stakeholders, especially the business community to partner with us so that we are able to assist the vulnerable but viable girls in rural schools. For partnerships in this area kindly contact us through email.
FAWEZA is committed to ending child marriages in Zambia. The organisation participates in key platforms with local and Regional partners to end the vice. On 20th May 2019 FAWEZA attended a Regional meeting at Taj Pamodzi Hotel organized by Plan International.