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Help 20 Zimbabwean women and girls re-enter school

by Forum for African Women Educationalists Zimbabwe Chapter-FAWEZI
Help 20 Zimbabwean women and girls re-enter school
Help 20 Zimbabwean women and girls re-enter school
Help 20 Zimbabwean women and girls re-enter school
Help 20 Zimbabwean women and girls re-enter school

Greetings to you, dear friends of FAWEZI.

We hope we find you well and that you are keeping safe amid the outbreak and spread of the 2019 Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).

In our last report early this year we celebrated the Ordinary level results for our 2019 candidates. We also shared that we had taken on board more girls into the programme. 2 of them are in the first year of Advanced level, 9 will be seating for Ordinary examinations this November and 1 is still in Primary school.

We would also like to share that this is a difficult time for us as FAWEZI and also for our beneficiaries since the education patterns have been disturbed. The first term  (14 January to 2 April)  was cut short by a week and  we are currently more than  a month into the second term (5 May to 6 August)  yet our schools remain closed  due to the global pandemic- CORONA Virus .

 The Zimbabwean Government has recently extended the lockdown measures put in place to control the spread of the COVID-19 indefinitely emphasising that the lockdown will be   eased out in a strategic and gradual manner. As of now schools remain closed and plans are to open them in phased approach starting with the final examination classes.

Despite the current challenges we are happy to share that FAWEZI has kept in touch with the beneficiaries in all this. We have kept communication lines open and facilitated sharing of reading material which include soft copy text books, past examination papers and novels. The organisation has also shared information on hotlines and toll free numbers to report abuse and violence bearing in mind the rise of child abuse and violence cases during the lockdown.

FAWEZI also continues to share information on possibility of opening schools, examination dates and any other information that we deem useful to the girls since many of them do not have access to the press or online news channels. It is encouraging to note that our girls are keeping afloat with their school work from home   and reaching out to FAWEZI whenever they need any support.

The spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent measures to reduce it has also brought out the importance of technology in terms of communication and education. FAWEZI cannot ignore the fact that the prominence of online learning (Google classes, zoom lessons, whatsapp lessons, and online content) has brought challenges and deepened inequalities in terms of access to education. Most of our girls do not have gadgets and access to the internet due to high tariffs and lack of electricity in their homes.

The current situation is indeed a learning curve which will also inform our work and disaster response going forward. It is a time to factor in the ‘new normal’ and implement interventions that will make sure that our beneficiaries are not left behind in terms of access to quality education during and post COVID-19.

Over and above all FAWEZI continues to appreciate each and every one of your donations. All the donations made on this platform make a significant impact in the lives of these girls and young mothers.  We encourage you to keep on supporting s and together we will celebrate our success.

From all of us here at FAW

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O ' level results slip
O ' level results slip

Greetings to you, dear friends of FAWEZI.

In our last report in 2019 we indicated that 8 of our beneficiaries sat for the final Ordinary level examinations. Amongst these were four teen mothers who had been attending school under the Non Formal Education. We are happy to share that the results are out and our girls performed fairly.

Of late the FAWEZI team has been visiting the girls to discuss with them on the best possible way forward depending on each one’s results. We have also managed to video record the experiences of the girls during their ‘O’ level journey. The girls are grateful for all the support rendered to them and some are appealing for more help so that they move on to Advanced level or tertiary institutions.

It is encouraging to note that those who attained less than the required five subjects to go ahead to Advanced level expressed interest to re do their Ordinary level. We have also taken up nine new beneficiaries and are hopeful that together we help them through their secondary school education.

In January 2020 FAWEZI initially picked up 6 girls who were at risk of dropping out of school. These were selected from our project schools but we have had many other girls being referred to us due to the amazing work that we have done with previous beneficiaries and our total is eleven.

Nine of our girls are in form 4 and will be seating for the final examination this year. We are currently working on paying their fees and also examination fees as the registration is done during this first term. FAWEZI and the girls are forever grateful for your unwavering support rendered.

We really appreciate each and every one of your donations to this worthy cause. All the donations made on this platform make a significant impact in the lives of these girls and young mothers.It has always been our desire to give them a basic qualification which we believe will open better opportunities for the girls in terms of employability and economic independence.

As FAWEZI continues to lookout for any relevant opportunities or applications for those that made it in the final exams we encourage you our dear friends to keep on donating to this worthy cause.

From all of us here at FAWEZI – Thank you.

O' level results slip
O' level results slip
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Greetings! Thank you once again for the support you continue to show us. With the economic situation in Zimbabwe, our girls and young women need the help now more than ever. Following our last report, in which we gave you an update on our beneficiaries focusing on the final term of 2019, we are excited to update you about this term and look forward towards 2020.

Eight beneficiaries recently sat for their final Ordinary Level examinations! They wrote between six to ten subjects each. We are all eagerly awaiting the results of these examinations. As always, we are in contact with all the girls and young women to provide resources and support in studying and mentoring. We have also been in touch with the school administrators to ensure that records are up to date and the girls and young women who are finishing up their year will be able to do so stress-free. In the last few months FAWEZI has finalized all payments for 2019 and we have collected receipts for the year. FAWEZI is also always on the lookout for any relevant opportunities or applications we may send our graduates’ way for them to consider after ‘O’ Level. If our funds permit, FAWEZI envisions also taking some of the girls further into Advanced Level and Tertiary Level once the ‘O’ Level results have come back. Unfortunately, FAWEZI was not able to host in-person career guidance sessions this period due to a lack of time and beneficiaries writing exams. But we are looking forward to starting these again in the new year. We strongly believe in buttressing the financial support we are giving to the girls with occasional visits and mentorship sessions so that we deliver holistic support to our beneficiaries. FAWEZI and the teen moms are forever grateful for your unwavering support. As the holidays approach please consider donating again, Global Giving donations are tax deductible and you can make donations in others’ names. This is also an excellent time to start a small, $10/month recurring donation. Recurring donations help us plan and Global Giving is offering matching funds on monthly donations. Thank you in helping us make a positive impact on the lives of our disadvantaged girls. From all of us here at FAWEZI -Thank you.

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Motivational Talk session
Motivational Talk session

Following our last report in which we gave you an update on our beneficiaries focusing on the progress made in the payment of school fees and examinations we are happy to say our beneficiaries are ready for the third and final term of 2019.

Eight of the girls will be seating for their final Ordinary Level examinations writing between six to ten subjects each. FAWEZI has been recently focusing on these girls making sure they give themselves time to study outside the classroom while also engaging them in motivational talks to boost their self-esteem.

FAWEZI representatives have also been visiting Domboramwari School to check if all the girls’ ‘financial records are up to date so as to avoid inconveniences especially during examination period since one cannot smoothly seat for the examinations without full payment and clearance of statements of school fees payments .

While the girls prepare for the final examinations FAWEZI is again now on the lookout for any relevant opportunities or applications we may send their way for them to consider after ‘O’ Level. If our funds permit FAWEZI envisions taking some of the girls further into Advanced Level and Tertiary Level.

Career guidance sessions are also in the pipeline and will be rolled out once the third term opens on the 10th of September 2019. We continue to buttress the financial support we are giving to the girls with occasional visits and mentorship sessions so that we deliver holistic support to our beneficiaries.

FAWEZI and the teen moms continue to be grateful for your unwavering support and also continue to implore that you keep on supporting us in making a positive impact on the lives of our disadvantaged girls.

From all of us here at FAWEZI -Thank you.

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mentorship session with beneficiaries

Greetings to you all dear friends of FAWEZI. In our last report we celebrated the success of 3 beneficiaries who excelled in their National ‘O’ Level examinations. This time around we are happy to tell you that through your support we have managed to pay school fees and examination fees for 8 of our girls whore are currently in form 4 under Non Formal Education. FAWEZI is grateful for your support as these girls are so close to attaining a basic Zimbabwean education qualification. We are confident in their capabilities and can’t wait to be sharing their results come 2020. Besides these examination candidates we also paid school fees for the other 2 girls (one of which is a teen mom) who are in form 3 and will be writing ‘O’ Level examinations next year.

The organisation also bought sanitary pads for some of the girls and distributed them according to the intensity of the need .We look forward to supporting them further with sanitary pads and education on menstrual hygiene management. In line with the 2019 Menstrual Hygiene day (May 28) we will be meeting with our beneficiaries to discuss issues and answer questions surrounding menstruation so that we de - mystify the topic and reduce the risk of them missing or dropping out school due to lack of adequate and accurate information on menstruation and sanitary pads .

We have established that the financial support the girls are receiving coupled with the occasional visits and talks goes a long way in boosting their self- confidence resulting in improved performance at school.

FAWEZI is grateful to you our donors for your continued support, and we believe that we are making a difference to the future of Zimbabwean women one girl at a time. Let us continue to rebuild lives and restore hope!

We are glad to have you all on board- Thank you.

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Forum for African Women Educationalists Zimbabwe Chapter-FAWEZI

Location: Harare - Zimbabwe
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Twitter: @FAWEZim
Project Leader:
Lydia Madyirapanze
Harare, Harare Zimbabwe
$8,397 raised of $12,000 goal
 
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