FAWEZA Participated in the 2020 National Budget CSO Policy Paper Development

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.

Empowering Learners in Financial Literacy

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).

Training of teachers from North-Western, Eastern and Southern Provinces

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.

19 year old Veronica Chomba at Kalambakuwa Day in Eastern starts a saloon business to support her education

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

Gender Based Violence

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.

Trained community members in Mangango in Western Province

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.

Key Advocacy Mettings

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.

SPO at the regional meeting at Pamodzi Hotel

New reforms in the Education system underway

General Education Minister David Mabumba has disclosed that his ministry is planning to introduce a number of reforms in the education sector.

Mr Mabumba says among some of the reforms which his ministry is proposing is the examinations reforms and consultations are already in place.

He explains that under the first phrase of the examinations reforms is to strengthen the security arrangement to prevent fraud and malpractices which will be done this year.

Speaking during a consultative meeting with teachers in Samfya district, the Minister indicates that under the new reforms, there will be re-zoning of schools which will mean that not all schools will be keeping examination papers.

He points out that papers will be kept at one school within the zone in a strong room and will only be transported in the morning of exams to all the schools within that zone.

The Minister says this will mean that even the time of starting to write these examinations will be adjusted so as to ensure that exams papers are delivered to all schools within the zone on the actual day.

He notes that under these proposed examination reforms, there will be four layers of examinations strong rooms that is at the Provincial, District and Zonal levels.

Mr Mabumba points out that other proposed reforms are to start the manufacturing of school furniture at provincial levels as opposed to be importing from outside the country.

He further explains the his ministry is also planning to find ways of reforming the curriculum center so that local teachers and Professors at Universities can be involved in the production of books.

Mr Mabumba observes that once someone has gained varsity experience as a teacher and if he or she feels that they can produce a book as they understand learners needs then, they should be given chance as opposed to be importing books from outside.

He observes that this move will help to reduce shortage of learning materials in schools as books will be locally produced by experts in different subjects.

The Minister explains that these proposed changes are all aimed at helping to improve the quality of the countries education system.

And Luapula Provincial Education Officer, Ngosa Kotati used the event to shed more light on the re-entry policy for a girl child.

The Provincial Education Officer says the school re-entry policy only allows a girl child to fall pregnant once.

He explains that this move is aimed at ensuring that the policy is not abused but rather helps a girl child to get educated.

Mr Kotati points out that it is the duty of the Matrons in schools to see to it that girls are counselled once they returns to school after giving birth.

He observes that usually, girls who return to school after falling pregnant are left on their own without proper counselling and guidance which results in some of them falling pregnant again.

Meanwhile, one of the teachers, Shamu Phiri, who spoke on behalf of his fellow teachers thanked the Minister for finding time to talk about the planned reforms adding that, they will help in improving the education system.

He explains that as teachers in the district, they will continue to support the Minister in his effort to improve the education standards in the country.