FutureLife-Now! Newsletter: Edition 10 2022

Welcome to the tenth in a series of FutureLife-Now! newsletters, designed to share information, good practices and lessons learnt related to the education, health and development of young people in the SADC Region. Whether you are a young person, a teacher, a health worker, a parent or caregiver, or policy maker, we hope that you will find this enjoyable and useful reading.

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  • Opening the Door to Health Information || FutureLife-Now! School Holds Health Expo

    Opening the Door to Health Information || FutureLife-Now! School Holds Health Expo

    Moomba Boarding Secondary School held a Health Expo, giving 150 learners from grades 8 to 12 the opportunity to access vital health information and services. Sepiso Lisulo, FutureLife-Now! focal person, organized the Health Expo at the FutureLife-Now! pilot school. The event, that took place on Sunday, 18 September, focused on providing a range of health services to learners. School principal Maxwell Nyirenda officially opened the Health Expo by informing the learners that this would give them a rare opportunity to obtain critical information to help them make safe and healthy decisions regarding their future. The event … Read More »
  • Social Entrepreneurship at its Best || Brilliant Business Initiative Wins Competition Grant for Leadership Club

    Social Entrepreneurship at its Best || Brilliant Business Initiative Wins Competition Grant for Leadership Club

    As part of the FutureLife-Now! programme, Nashville High School has implemented many initiatives to empower young people on issues around health, education and development. One particular initiative has been to use clubs to encourage and enable youth agency. The most successful of these is the FutureLife-Now! Leadership Club. Club chairperson, Calton Nemutenzi, was inspired by FutureLife-Now! to use his “power within” to think of a way to implement his knowledge for the benefit of many. He and a group of fellow learners noticed that many farmers in their area were keeping rabbits for meat production. At … Read More »
  • Never Too Old or Too Young to Learn || New HIV Manual for School Could Change the Health Landscape of Malawi

    Never Too Old or Too Young to Learn || New HIV Manual for School Could Change the Health Landscape of Malawi

    Did you know that a third of HIV infections in adults are among young women aged 15-24?  Did you know that women are almost twice as likely to have HIV as men? These alarming facts underscore the urgent need to address societal and structural barriers, including economic and legal constraints, to access equitable HIV prevention, treatment, and care. In response, the FutureLife-Now! programme in Malawi, through the Ministry of Education and in partnership with the Ministry of Health, developed an HIV manual tailored for use by school health and nutrition (SHN) teachers and youth facilitators. Both … Read More »
  • One New Learner, One Tree || Murape High School Learners Influence School Policy

    One New Learner, One Tree || Murape High School Learners Influence School Policy

    Members of the Climate Change Movers club at Murape High School in Zimbabwe are determined to fight the effects of climate change by helping empower its members to not only make decisions, but to act on those decisions. This year the Climate Change Movers decided to step up a gear with their climate change mitigation programme, and work to influence school policy. The club started a new project called, “One New Learner, One Tree, Makes Murape Cool”. Starting next year, the project will see all new pupils who enrol in the school pledging to plant and … Read More »
  • A Chance for Boys to Open Up ||  Motsekuoa High School Holds Boys’ Retreat

    A Chance for Boys to Open Up || Motsekuoa High School Holds Boys’ Retreat

    A two-day retreat for 175 boys from Lesotho’s Motsekuoa High School provided an opportunity to learn, as well as share opinions, feelings, and thoughts on a variety of issues including leadership, good hygiene and sexual and reproductive health and rights. “The retreat, which took place in September, provided boys with the opportunity to establish lifelong friendships and develop their problem-solving skills in a safe environment,” said FutureLife-Now! health coordinator, Puleng Nthinya. She added that the main aim of the retreat was to empower boys with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to make positive decisions about … Read More »