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 was tailored in such a way that learners were provided with and given access to integrated, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.

Learners broke into six groups, and then engaged in activities and accessed information at each of the six health stations. The issues addressed at the stations included STIs and HIV screening;

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 the same time, these farmers were forced to spend a large amount of money on costly chemical fertilisers for their crops, which created financial challenges.

For Nemutenzi and his friends, a light went on – the rabbits could provide the perfect solution to the farmers’ problems – and so the rabbit urine fertilizer project was born.

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 SHN teachers and youth facilitators play a crucial role in transforming the health landscape by providing HIV-related information, increasing access to ART, encouraging adherence, as well as reducing new HIV infections.

“I am so thrilled about the sustainable impact this training manual will have for adolescents and young people.

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 maintain one tree on the school grounds. “The idea was borrowed from the Philippines, where every university student is expected to plant at least 10 trees before graduating,” says Michael Jokonya, a FutureLife-Now! peer educator and deputy headmaster. “It is our hope that once tree planting becomes the culture at Murape Secondary,

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 their lives.

The retreat is an activity of the FutureLife-Now! programme and supports boys by giving them the freedom to talk about issues of importance to them and address their vulnerabilities in a friendly space. The activity was a collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Police and the Safety-Child and Gender Protection Unit,

Make Your Voice Heard on Climate Change Action

Make Your Voice Heard on Climate Change Action

MIET AFRICA’s partner UN CC:Learn has just launched  a 10-minute global survey on Youth and Climate Change. The survey is open to anyone up to the age of 35 and is available in seven languages. Through this survey, UN CC:Learn hope to collect input from as many young people as possible around the world to inform the development of future learning products and initiatives. See below for more information.

Survey form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JPYRNHX

Main survey page: https://www.uncclearn.org/survey-youth-and-climate-change/

Latest Developments from FutureLife-Now! | Newsletter Out Now!

Latest Developments from FutureLife-Now! | Newsletter Out Now!

In Lesotho, the coming together of two important ministries – education and health – has had a major impact on learners’ access to health services. In Malawi’s Lilongwe district a climate change jamboree was held which brought together school-going youth and provided the opportunity to share knowledge and hold exhibitions. Read about this and more in the latest edition of FutureLife-Now! newsletter out now. To receive these quarterly newsletters directly to your inbox, email bashni@miet.co.za

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 and Save the Children International, CSTL Pulse has proved to be a valuable tool to mobilize knowledge sharing across key areas of the education ecosystem by connecting the SADC CSTL teaching and learning community with the common goal to improve African education.

CSTL is a framework that mandates and guides the SADC Ministries of Education,

“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 marriages, gold panning and working as herd boys.

In a quest to forge unity between the schools and the community, the FutureLife-Now! team hosts events and workshops that bring all community stakeholders together. One example of this is the Miss and Mr Climate Change convention, hosted by Fort Rixon Secondary School on 30 June 2022.

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 and education.

By September 2021, all 10 FutureLife-Now! schools had started using these referral forms, and learners were finding it easier to access health services, especially sexual reproductive health (SRH) and HIV services. One of the central goals of FutureLife-Now! is to reduce HIV infections amongst adolescents and increase ART adherence.