The Sharing Meeting of the SADC Technical Committee on CSTL and FutureLife-Now! programme took place in Durban, South Africa, between 3–5 February 2020. Representatives from 16 Member States attended the meeting to discuss the relationship between CSTL, FutureLife-Now! and the Children’s Participation Framework as a strategic framework for accelerating sustainable development in the SADC Region. It also provided an opportunity for Member States to be inducted on the new SADC FutureLife-Now! programme, and offered a forum for sharing challenges, good practices, lessons learnt and policy or programme recommendations related to HIV&AIDS, SRHR and ART adherence. Click here for the Meeting Report and here to view and download the presentations .
Save the Children and MIET AFRICA have joined forces to advocate for stronger child-sensitive governance processes and systems across the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) region, including inclusive, child-sensitive, democratic election processes. This advocacy brief provides an overview of the rights and responsibilities of children and state parties in securing the meaningful participation of children in election proceedings. It makes recommendations for developing child-friendly election proceedings in the ESA region, drawing on relevant legal instruments, literature and stakeholder views from 2017 research in Zambia and Tanzania on children’s civil and political rights. Click here to read the advocacy brief.
Invitations are open for the services of an audit firm for the purpose of auditing the FoRCESA – Frontiers of Resistance – Championing Children’s Rights across ESA Project, as stipulated in the agreement between MIET AFRICA and Save the Children International. Please click here for the full ToR.
MIET AFRICA, in partnership with the SADC Secretariat and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), seeks to appoint a Technical Officer to take responsibility for the effective implementation of programmes and projects related to the SADC Care and Support for Teaching and Learning initiative. This one year contract position (renewable subject to performance) is open to residents of Botswana only. The successful applicant will be based in Gaborone, Botswana. Closing date for applications is 11 March 2020. Click here for more information and to apply.
SADC & MIET AFRICA through its regional programme FutureLife-Now! gives young people the opportunity to share and discuss solutions to the climate change crisis and implement these solutions within their own communities. FutureLife-Now! facilitates Youth Climate Change Dialogues which feature a live, video-conference session between schools in different parts of the world. Get in touch now to get your Youth Climate Change Dialogue started!
Towards the end of 2019 FutureLife-Now! (FLN), in collaboration with the Malawian Ministry of Education Science and Technology, delivered 100 bags of maize and 10 bags of ground nuts to 300 vulnerable students in Central Malawi. This will help alleviate food insecurity and prevent student dropout at these schools.
It is widely accepted that educational achievement and remaining in school can protect young people, especially girls, against HIV infection. In 2019, the Malawi FLN pilot schools reported an increase in student dropout due to food insecurity.
According to the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture and Water Development, as of July 2019, about 676 000 people were at the crisis level of food insecurity. This figure was expected to increase to 1.1 million people by March 2020, of which 40% are children (Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee Results, 2019).
FutureLife-Now! is a SADC programme designed to address the persistent global challenge of HIV&AIDS,
It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our colleague and friend Sefora Makepe-Tsiu. Sefora worked in Lesotho as the FutureLife-Now! In-County Coordinator. In the six months Sefora worked with MIET AFRICA she demonstrated all the traits of a true MIET African – professional, passionate and committed. Her dedication to the programme and to improving the lives of children and youth were evident in her work and the relationships she established with schools, youth facilitators, the Ministry of Education and partners.
Sefora lived life to the full, always laughing and sharing stories. She will be sorely missed but her work will impact her community for years to come. We send our deepest condolences to Sefora’s husband, children, mother, family and friends.
PHOMOLA KA KGOTSO NGWANESO!
Learners from Malawi and Switzerland took part in a Youth Climate Dialogue on 20 November. Part of a series to exchange ideas and debate the negative effects climate change is having, the event brought together learners from the Lycée-Collège des Creusets in Switzerland and Bwaila Secondary School in Malawi.
The learners pledged to continue cooperating in the future to find ways to address climate change collectively. This North-South learning exchange is part of a series of Youth Climate Dialogue which will be documented in a report reflecting the voices of the global youth and presented next month at COP25 in Spain.
The Youth Climate Dialogues are supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
FutureLife-Now! is a new regional programme that’s built on the successful Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) framework developed in the early 2000’s and that, in 2018, reached over 27 million of the region’s learners with support services. This innovative approach has strengthened the education sector’s ability to respond to the growing numbers of vulnerable children and youth in the region, by providing child and youth-friendly services in support of health, gender, migration, food security, violence and other challenges.
By bringing together two critical elements for human development – education and health – and by building upon the systems’ strengthening and policy development that has taken place through CSTL, FutureLife-Now! aims to promote greater self-confidence and hope for the present and future among young people in the SADC region. A combination of activities that includes strengthened HIV education policies, enhanced Comprehensive Sexuality Education,