FAWEZA re-enters 460 teen mothers back to schools

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.

Re-entered girls in Mazabuka District –Southern Province
Re-entered girls in Petauke District with FAWEZA staff

Promoting Sanitation for Girls in Schools

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.

Executive Director hands over a box of Femcare pads to the Head teacher At St. Michael School in Mazabuka
FAWEZA STAFF demonstrating to girls how the pads work during the distribution exercise in Mazabuka.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR TEEN MOTHERS TO COMPLETE SCHOOL

FAWEZA is supporting teen mothers in Eastern Province to go back to school and complete the education cycle for a better future for both the mother and child.

Following the Re-Entry Policy and guidelines girls are given a chance to go back to school with an aim of reducing the poverty and illiteracy levels in communities and making their lives better. This will also enable them to make decisions from and informed point of view as well as actively participate in matters that concern them and leadership position.