FutureLife-Now! Newsletter: Edition 9 2022

Welcome to the ninth 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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  • Online Platform Becomes a Tool for Education Mobilization || CSTL Pulse Promotes Engagement Amongst Care Support for Teaching and Learning Stakeholders in the SADC Region

    Online Platform Becomes a Tool for Education Mobilization || CSTL Pulse Promotes Engagement Amongst Care Support for Teaching and Learning Stakeholders in the SADC Region

    Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) is an innovative approach that responds to the millions of children and youth in the SADC region whose right to education is compromised by a host of barriers to quality teaching and learning. In an effort to support the education sector to strengthen their systems so that schools are able to serve as sites of integrated support where quality education is secured, an online community – CSTL Pulse – was launched in May 2021. An initiative of SADC and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation … Read More »
  • “I Chose to Protect My Environment” || Making the Right Choices as a Community

    “I Chose to Protect My Environment” || Making the Right Choices as a Community

    Miss and Mr Climate Change are determined to make their voices heard. Chosen at the Climate Change convention held by Fort Rixon Secondary School, their role is to bring about awareness of the impact of climate change in the local context. One of the major challenges faced by Zimbawe’s FutureLife-Now! school communities is a lack of unity and differing perceptions when it comes to the value of education. While schools provide education to afford opportunities for learners to have a better future, many parents do not always support this, and instead promote practices such as child … Read More »
  • Hand In Hand: Health and Education Work Together in the Interests of Youth || New Referral System Creates Linkages Between FutureLife-Now! Schools and Health Facilities

    Hand In Hand: Health and Education Work Together in the Interests of Youth || New Referral System Creates Linkages Between FutureLife-Now! Schools and Health Facilities

    In Lesotho, the coming together of two important ministries – education and health – has had a major impact on learners’ access to health services. At the centre of this ground-breaking development are Lesotho’s 10 FutureLife-Now! schools. In 2021, the FutureLife-Now! team, in consultation with the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Health, developed a two-way referral tool that linked schools with their health centres. The aim of this initiative was to overcome barriers and make it easier for adolescents to obtain the health services they need by strengthening the linkages between health … Read More »
  • “We Are Ready to Take Action” || Climate Change Jamboree an Avenue for Youth Agency

    “We Are Ready to Take Action” || Climate Change Jamboree an Avenue for Youth Agency

    Agency is key to addressing the many challenges confronting youth in the SADC region. Young people need space to design and share best practices for addressing climate change challenges. Realising this, FutureLife-Now! schools in Malawi’s Lilongwe district held a climate change jamboree on 6 May 2022 at Chinsapo Secondary School. The event brought together school-going youth and provided the opportunity to share knowledge and hold exhibitions. The participating schools included Chinsapo Secondary School, Mbinzi Community Day Secondary School, Ngowe Community Day Secondary School and Bwaila Secondary School. With the theme of “Young People Against Climate Change”, … Read More »
  • Fresh Ideas Bring Fresh Produce || David Ramushu Secondary School Food Garden Proves a Success

    Fresh Ideas Bring Fresh Produce || David Ramushu Secondary School Food Garden Proves a Success

    David Ramushu Secondary School in Zambia is situated in a community where many of its people are malnourished and do not have access to fresh fruit and vegetables. It is for this reason that the school began a food gardening project in September last year. The plan was not only to give the community access to fresh produce, but to create buffer stocks that would meet the growing demand for produce and efficiently cope with volatilities in food production. The growing issue of climate change has further exacerbated the situation. “The rising temperature experienced in our … Read More »