MIET AFRICA wishes to recruit a Health Coordinator, based in Malawi, to support the implementation of the SADC FutureLife-Now! Programme. This is a 14-month renewable contract position, ending 31 December 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Closing date for applications is 3 October 2023.
For more information on the job role, and how to apply, click on the job advertisement below.
Exciting news for the FutureLife-Now! community and all those with a stake in gender equality in the education sector! At their annual meeting held recently in the Democratic Republic of Congo, SADC Ministers of Education adopted the SADC Boys’ and Young Men’s Vulnerability Framework as an addendum to the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning Policy Framework (CSTL PF). Read about this, and more in the latest edition of FutureLife-Now! News.
MIET AFRICA, in partnership with the SADC Secretariat, seeks to appoint a Programme Officer to take responsibility for the effective implementation of programmes and projects related to the SADC Care and Support for Teaching and Learning initiative, including the FutureLife-Now! Programme, Phase II and related SADC Secretariat education and skills development programmes.
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MIET AFRICA requires a service provider for the development of six animated (2D) clips with the inclusion of English sub-titles and Sign Language interpretation. Please submit quotations by 5pm on Friday, 15 September 2023. Click here for more information and to submit a quotation.
We are pleased to announce that our short film, ‘Our Changing Climate – Episode 1’ won the Best Conservational/Wildlife Documentary Short at the prestigious 10th Annual Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela KZN Film & Television Awards! The two-episode TV series ‘Our Changing Climate – Our time to act’ focuses on positive actions taken by youths as climate change activists to adapt to and mitigate climate change. It paints a positive vision of a future world in which these actions will have contributed to averting climate change. The TV series complements a 12-episode radio series broadcast in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Produced by Tekwini Productions as a contribution to the SADC FutureLife-Now! Programme, the TV series presents a partnership with UNITAR and the UN CC: Learn programme.
To watch the the second episode of ur Changing Climate, click here
As FutureLife-Now! continues to expand its reach and impact, it remains dedicated to empowering Zambia’s youth and ensuring a healthier and brighter future for all.
The FutureLife-Now! Programme in Zambia recently participated in the 2023 International Trade Fair (ITF). This high-profile event provided an excellent opportunity to promote the Programme and showcase its commitment to the well-being and empowerment of Zambia’s youth. Through networking, new partnerships were established, with the aim of raising awareness about crucial health and wellness issues and the empowerment of the next generation of youth.
This annual event, which draws many dignitaries, was held from 26 June to 2 July 2023, under the theme, “Stimulating Economic Development Through Partnerships, Trade and Investment”.
FutureLife-Now! has a strong partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Health. “During the event, we proudly shared our collaboration with the Ministry of Health to strengthen healthcare for adolescents.
Ubuntu Youth Leaders’ Programme kicks off in Zimbabwe, comprehensive sexuality education workshop in Zambia helps to demystify myths and misconceptions in Zambia, further updates on strengthened linkages with health facilities in Malawi and much more in the 12th edition of FutureLife-Now! newsletter, out now. Also available in French and Portuguese. Make sure you subscribe to receive these quarterly newsletters directly to your inbox! Click here to read more.
MIET AFRICA, along with Days for Girls, the global menstrual health (MH) and hygiene advocacy group, and WASH United have just released the MH Country Snapshot on South Africa. MIET AFRICA’s Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Dr Renjini Devaki contributed to the report which is aimed at providing MH advocates and organizations with high-level research on, and the status of, individual countries’ MH conditions, policies, rights and challenges.
An encounter with a teenager last year who had started her period but did not have sanitary pads sparked an idea in Thobeka Gumede, a KwaZulu-Natal mother of a teenage girl. “I felt helpless when this young girl explained that her parents could not afford sanitary pads and that she could not go to school. I knew I had to do something.”
Reflecting on her own upbringing, Thobeka had always aspired to become someone who could positively impact her community, no matter how small the contribution. “When I was at school, I said to myself, when I grow up, I also want to donate to a school in need. Now that I am grown up, I did it,” she chuckled, reminiscing about her childhood aspirations.
Driven by her personal experiences and a desire to make a difference, Thobeka decided to donate a sufficient quantity of sanitary pads to a local primary school.
As the world recognizes Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May, MIET AFRICA, in partnership with the Basic Education Department (South Africa), UNESCO, and Days for Girls International, is developing guidelines to address menstrual health challenges in South African schools. The objective is to establish a sustainable framework that encompasses menstrual hygiene education, facilities, and services, all of which are crucial for supporting the health and well-being of all learners.
The key aims of this menstrual health intervention are to:
Build awareness and engage stakeholders to raise awareness and actively involve learners, teachers, caregivers, and policy makers, in order to foster a comprehensive understanding of menstrual health.
Strengthen management and coordinating structures at the school level by enhancing the planning and implementation of structured menstrual hygiene management (MHM) education and support programmes within schools.