GENERATION "Y" IMPACT
Fedus Youth Ministries is implementing a project called Generation ‘Y’ Impact in which the organization is working with students in primary schools in promoting their talents and the speaking of English schools through drama and music competition. This is a five year project being supported by Royal Constructions. In this project, volunteer youth directors are recruited to facilitate the preparations by writing play scripts for the students and training them in acting skills and English pronunciation in the schools. This project has a great impact as many students have improved greatly in their acting skills and in English speaking in public. During rehearsals, the drama clubs spare some time to have life skills and counseling sessions. The topics discussed during the sessions generally concern issues affecting the students’ day to day lives. The volunteer youth directors, patrons and matrons are oriented on the aim of the project. This ensures sustainability of the project. Clubs are assisted in developing action plans for a school term.
This project is benefiting more than 3000 students in the
participating schools. Performance in class has improved as evidenced by the
teachers’ records and testimony. Participation in school activities has also
increased among the students involved in the project. In addition to these
benefits, the students develop their self-esteem, they learn to speak naturally
and intelligently about their life, they learn to make friends and be a friend,
they learn to find meaning and purpose in their life, they experience
acceptance in a group of people who really care about each other, and they
learn to get along better with members of the opposite sex. The winning school
is awarded with a trophy. In this project. This video present a clip of a winning school in the final season of 2016 Primary Schools Arts Festival. Khumula Primary School.
YOUTH AND ICT
FEDUS has also trained more than 450 at risk youth in computer
operation skills with an aim of empowering them to be economically
self-reliant. Many of the youth have secured employment in companies,
government as well as other organizations. Some of these youth have established
their own business ventures like internet café and business centers.
Documentation is available evidencing the same. Business management training is
also offered to these young people with an aim of building their capacity to
handle their businesses, if they so establish one. FEDUS also conducts
counseling and life skills sessions at the youth center where computer training
is offered. Certificates are awarded to the youth upon completion of the
The vision for FEDUS is to have a vibrant youth equipped with academic excellence, life skills, and leadership capacity, who becomes a strong pillar of morality in the school, community and beyond. If we are to have academically excellent students in Malawi, then we need to keep them in school, especially girls. One of the many issues that keep girls away from school is menstruation.
Poor menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in schools has been shown to cause adolescent girls worry and humiliation, contribute to absenteeism and lead to poor performance in schools. UNICEF stresses the importance of school toilets which are built to accommodate menstruating girls’ specific needs for privacy, space, washing facilities and correct disposal or cleaning of menstrual pads.
However, many schools do not support adolescent girls or female teachers in managing menstrual hygiene with dignity. Inadequate water and sanitation facilities make managing menstruation very difficult, and poor sanitary protection materials can result in bloodstained clothes causing stress and embarrassment. Teachers (and male members of staff in particular) can be unaware of girls’ needs, in some cases refusing to let them visit the latrine. As a result, girls have been reported to miss school during their menstrual periods or even drop out completely. With studies to linking child survival more closely to their mother’s education level than their poverty level, factors that reduce educational opportunities for girls potentially have wide ranging implications. An environment where these hygienic needs are met can lead to improved dignity and attendance, thus improving girls’ education and consequently the development of a country.
Additionally, acquaintance with a country’s beliefs around menstruation and providing girls with correct information about puberty are important elements in a holistic school MHM package. Ignorance about menstrual issues is prevalent not only amongst school girls but also in organizations and communities. Some ethnic groups in certain areas of Malawi pay a man called a fisi (hyena) to have sexual intercourse with a girl who has started menstruating, in order to sexually initiate her. Girls consequently stop going to school.
Purpose of the Project
To promote the girls’ right to education by enhancing quality menstrual hygiene management among adolescent girls and female teachers in primary schools in Malawi