By Nqobile Nkiwane - Information and Communications Officer
Greetings to you all dear friends of FAWEZI. In our last report we spoke about how we had scaled up our mentorship with all our beneficiaries. We are happy to say the talk sessions have had a very positive impact on the girls. This time around we are super excited to share with you that 3 of our beneficiaries who sat for the ‘O’ Level national examinations last year did well and made us proud. One of them attained 6 subjects the other 5 subjects and the third has 4 subjects. The first and second one have enough subjects to be admitted into Advanced level or a variety colleges where they can attain diplomas in a field of their choice. FAWEZI is again now on the lookout for any relevant opportunities or applications we may send their way or take them further into ‘A’ Level if funds permit. We also want to update you on our current beneficiaries most of whom are teen moms. They are already gearing up for their ‘O’ Level examinations this November and judging from their level of commitment FAWEZI is hopeful they will excel. Our 16 year old teen mom whom we took on board last year and enrolled into form 2 is now in form 3 and is also performing very well. FAWEZI is also pleased to share that she has managed to go past the fear of stigmatisation and has settled well into the school environment. Finally we are taking on board 4 girls. We are confident that with your usual support FAWEZI will be able to take them through their ‘O’ Level education and even further. However these 4 are not teenage mothers but: one is a vulnerable girl a single orphan whose mother is unemployed, a double orphan who dropped out due to taking care of her sick mother who passed away, an out of school young woman and an orphan who has not enrolled for secondary school because her grandparents cannot afford her school fees. FAWEZI and the teen moms are grateful for your unwavering support and we continue to implore that you keep on supporting us and together we will celebrate our success. Let us continue to rebuild lives and restore hope! We are grateful to have you on board. From all of us at FAWEZI- Thank you.
Nov 20, 2018
Mentorship sessions continue
By Jasmine Shirey - Information and Project Officer
Greetings friends of FAWEZI! In our last report we gave you an update of how the teen moms FAWEZI is working with have been dealing with stigmatization, especially while enrolled under Non Formal Education and after. The Forum for African Women Educationalists – Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) has been engaging the beneficiarries in various group and individual mentorship sessions. Last report we told you about the latest sessions, which were aimed at building self-esteem. Most recently, our mentorship efforts have taken the form of career guidance. The increase in mentorship efforts came after the realisation that these teen moms need more than bursary support, and other material benefits, from FAWEZI. We have therefore intensified our holistic assistance by encouraging our beneficiaries to think about and explore careers post-graduation. Before, our conversations with the young women were hinged on academics and how best the organisation could provide all the direct and indirect school requirements. However, we are currently revamping on assertiveness and life skills. Talking about, and trying out, beyond-high-school-plans are part of this effort. As we have said, our main goal with this project and specifically the mentorship sessions, is to eliminate anything which may negatively affect the second chance at education (and various accompanying forms of liberation) that FAWEZI and of course you, our donors, have given these girls. We recently worked with a documentary film maker to make a short film about this project (7 min). We focused on the stories of a couple of beneficiaries and the obstacles they are facing. The film has sensitive material so we are not posting it on the internet but if you would like us to privately share it with you please reach out to email@example.com. In an individual career guidance meeting with our first beneficiary (and one of the women highlighted in the film), Grace, FAWEZI got the opportunity to congratulate her on passing her Ordinary (O) levels in English Language, English Literature, Commerce, Geography, Integrated Science, and Shona. Grace is currently working in the central business district, but she spoke about her interests in both journalism and hospitality. FAWEZI is now on the lookout for any relevant opportunities or applications we may send her way, and if funds continue to come in we would like to send Grace to a relevant certificate or degree program. FAWEZI and the teen moms are grateful for your unrelenting support and we continue to implore that you keep on supporting us and together we will celebrate our success. Let us continue to rebuild lives and restore hope! We are grateful to have you on board.
Aug 22, 2018
Molding our teen moms to defeat stigmatization
By Nqobile Nkiwane - Information and Communications Officer
Greetings to you dear friends of FAWEZI.
In our last report we gave you an update of a new batch of teen mothers whom we had recently enrolled in school under Non Formal Education. Since then Forum for African Women Educationalists – Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) has been engaging these girls together with the long-time beneficiaries in various group and individual mentorship sessions aimed at building self-esteem among others.
This activity came the realisation that these teen moms need more than bursary support, and other material benefits from the organisation. FAWEZI has intensified its holistic assistance by empowering the girls to thrive amidst stigmatisation by their ‘spouses’, school children and community members too.
Many a times our conversations with them were hinged on academics and how best the organisation can provide all the school requirements for them. However currently we are escalating on assertiveness and life skills. FAWEZI is also resource mobilising for funds to hold intensive life skills trainings for our beneficiaries and improve their exposure.
As we move we move forward our vision is to include day care facilities for their children so that the mothers can fully concentrate and participate in school activities during the day. As an organisation we are already documenting the success of our mentorship programme as the girls have developed confidence in their abilities and are becoming more assertive.
Under this project our main is to eliminate anything which may negatively affect the second chance at education that FAWEZI and you our dear donors have given this girls. We are confident to say as of now all the girls we have under our programme are being empowered and will be used as champions and mentors to other teen mothers in their communities.
FAWEZI and the teen moms are grateful for your unrelenting support and we continue to implore that you keep on supporting us and together we will celebrate our success.
Let us continue to rebuild lives and restore hope!