FutureLife-Now! Newsletter: Edition 5 2021

Welcome to the fifth 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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  • Report Launched!  |  The Impact of Covid-19 on Young People and Adolescents in the SADC Region

    Report Launched! | The Impact of Covid-19 on Young People and Adolescents in the SADC Region

    The impact of COVID-19 will have an irreversible effect on progress that has been made if governments do not redouble their efforts and move forward with ever greater commitment to adolescent wellbeing. What is needed – now more than ever – is greater economic investment and infrastructure development in health, education, technology and protection while ensuring the involvement of young people in the policy discourse. This is the outcome of an exploratory study undertaken by MIET AFRICA and the Human Science Research Council (HSRC), the report of which was recently launched. Prior to the outbreak of … Read More »
  • We are Keen to Go Green!  |  Zimbabwe’s Murape Learners Put Their Backs Into Greening Their School and Community

    We are Keen to Go Green! | Zimbabwe’s Murape Learners Put Their Backs Into Greening Their School and Community

    Youth participation in community development is one of the most effective ways to promote young people’s active engagement in sustainable development. Murape Secondary School is showing that this is so, especially when it comes to climate change. Although young people should be responsible for shaping their future as leaders of tomorrow, in many communities their participation is often limited to their labour contribution, and ignores the importance of their participation in decision-making, choices, and management. The situation is very different at Murape Secondary School, one of the 10 FutureLife-Now! pilot schools, located in Seke District, Mashonaland, … Read More »
  • Boys Cry Too |  Boys Vulnerability Dialogues in Malawi Reveal that Boys Need Feminism

    Boys Cry Too | Boys Vulnerability Dialogues in Malawi Reveal that Boys Need Feminism

    What do boys and young men need? The best way to find out is to ask them! This is precisely what happened at the boys’ vulnerability dialogue sessions at Ngowe and Natola Community Day Secondary schools in Malawi, on 22 and 25 June, 2021. The sessions were organised by the FutureLife-Now! programme in its quest to include young boys and men in programmes in an attempt to address the impact of gender disparities in society. “There is an urgent need to strengthen the engagement of boys and young men concerning the support for gender equality and … Read More »
  • Learners Linked to Health Care  |  Futurelife-Now! Lesotho Develops Referral System to Strengthen Schools and Health Facilities Linkages

    Learners Linked to Health Care | Futurelife-Now! Lesotho Develops Referral System to Strengthen Schools and Health Facilities Linkages

    Three days of intensive interactions has significantly strengthened the linkages between Lesotho’s 10 FutureLife-Now! schools and their nearby health facilities. FutureLife-Now! Country Manager, Rantsane Kuleile, said that the main purpose of the development of a referral system was to ensure leaners in all 10 schools were aware and able to access care in supportive, friendly health facilities. “This is in line with one of the FutureLife-Now! programme’s objectives, which is to increase access to youth-friendly HIV, sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR) and ART adherence support and services, using a school-based delivery model.” The FutureLife-Now! team’s three-day … Read More »
  • Zambian Futurelife-Now! School a “Role Model”  |  Mwembeshi Secondary School Production Unit Lauded by Ministry of Education

    Zambian Futurelife-Now! School a “Role Model” | Mwembeshi Secondary School Production Unit Lauded by Ministry of Education

    Mwembeshi Boarding Secondary school is a role model for all schools in Zambia in terms of its agricultural production unit. That is according to Dr. Jobbicks Kalumba, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of General Education, who toured the school last month and stated that other schools should emulate Mwembeshi and take guidance from the school because it is performing so well. Mwembeshi, one of the FutureLife-Now! schools in Zambia, is located in the rural area of Chilanga district in Lusaka province, 38km west of Lusaka city. It began an agricultural production unit in 2015 and the … Read More »