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Forum for African Women Educationalists

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NGO Profile: Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)
 DOCTOR OF EDUCATION PROGRAM 
Contemporary Approaches to Educational Problems
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 Ed 855.716: Spring 2014
 
Name of Organization
Forum for African Women Educationalists
URL
http://FAWE.org
Contact Lead
Trevor Fisher, Coordinator trevor.fisher@skola.sundsvall.se Skype: trevfish1
Phone and/or Skype (preferred) Location of Project
Southeast village of Makumduchi, Zanzibar
Focus
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Mission, Vision, History
 FAWE was founded in 1992 by five African women ministers of education
 the late Hon. Vida Yeboa of Ghana, Hon. Simone de Comarmond of Seychelles, Hon. Paulette Missambo of Gabon, Hon. Dr. Fay Chung of Zimbabwe, and Hon. Alice Tiendrebéogo of Burkina Faso. FAWE was born out of discussions between African ministers and donor agency representatives of the Donors to African Education (DAE) and based on the belief that women in decision-making positions have the potential to make a significant difference.
FAWE’s work is to encourage governments, international
organizations and local communities to enact policies and provide positive learning environments that treat girls and boys equally. One of their most popular intervention models is called Tuseme and its goal is to:
 
Improve girls’ self 
-esteem and in their leadership, social and life skills
 
Improve t
eachers’ positive attitudinal change towards girls
 
 
Create a significant reduction in sexual harassment
 
 
The Challenge (Capsule Summary)
 1-2 sentences about research needs The central challenge and research question focuses on an initial analysis of issues facing FAWE as it attempts to implement and scale its GRP model in Zanzibar. We wish to work with the JHU students to determine a focused direction in either a (1) policy approach or (2) strategies and considerations for improved services and programs. Our goal is to develop an actionable theory of change that can help us target resources, enlist stakeholders, and justify the impacts of our work
Context
: Provide the location and the population being served and if the program is new or ongoing. In other words, provide background on the community. FAWE works in many countries throughout Africa. This specific field study will have its focus on the Zanzibar chapter of FAWE, and specifically its programs at Kusini Secondary School in the South-East village of Makunduchi. Makunduchi is a traditional fishing village and a very patriarchal society. Females in the village have many chores and demands on them in addition to their s
chool
work. Overall student achievement as Kusini is not very high, and females at the
 s
econdary level have poor results. Lack of properly educated teachers, poor resources, culture
 
and all the extra tasks are creating serious issue for girls in the village. This is an ongoing project that is only a year old. The intervention
program we will be implementing will be FAWE’s Gender
-Responsive Pedagogy program. The GRP model trains teachers in the design and use of gender-responsive:
 
Teaching and learning materials
 
Lesson plans
 
Language in the classroom
 
Classroom interaction
 
Classroom set-up
 
Strategies to eliminate sexual harassment
 
Management of sexual maturation
 
School management systems Our GRP also seeks to address male-dominated values by employing teaching methods that account for the individual needs of learners, especially girls.

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