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FAWEU PARTICIPATES IN THE GLOBAL MENTORING WALK 2017

Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda (FAWEU) on Saturday 11th March, 2017 participated in a Vital Voices Global mentoring walk to commemorate the International Women’s Day. The walk that took place in Uganda was part of the 134 different walks happening in over 60 nations worldwide.

The Mentoring Walk was flagged off at 8:00am, from Centenary Park in Kampala, by the Prime Minister - Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga and it was attended by numerous stakeholders including; students from various girls’ schools (Kitante Primary School), female managers from Corporate Companies (Centenary Bank), renowned women from both public and Private Institutions such as Members of Parliament, Non-Government Organizations,  Women based Organizations and Women entrepreneurs.

The Chief Guest the Prime Minister – Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, in his speech emphasized that, “The community should stop being silent, they should focus and talk about cultural norms that undermine women.” He further called upon men to support struggles or initiatives run by women.

The walk that started at Centenary Park ended at Kitante Primary School where other activities to commemorate the day were held including speeches from notable women such as; Hajjat Rehema Kasule, the President and Founder of CEDA International and Hon. Judith Babirye the Woman Member of Parliament for Buikwe District; music dance and drama activities, Poems, free voluntary counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS and successful women entrepreneurs also shared their success stories to motivate other women and students present. The event also created an opportunity for other organizations to show case their products and services to participants.

FAWEU marks 20 Years in existence

“Enabling positive change for girls’ Education” is the noble duty of Forum For African Women Educationalists Uganda (FAWEU), as enshrined in our vision of a country in which all girls and women have access to equitable quality education, that enables them to effectively participate in development at all levels and our mission to promote gender equity and equality in education in Uganda, by influencing policies and nurturing positive practices and attitudes towards girls’ education.

The year 2017 brings FAWEU to twenty (20) years of stretching out hands of succor and guidance to the needy girl-child in Uganda. Over the years, since our inception in 1997, we have seen our interventions impacting thousands of girls, boys and young women and men through education. We are very proud of having made this noble contribution to Education in Uganda and thank the Government, Development and other partners and all friends and well-wishers, without whose support and good will, we would never have managed.

Looking ahead, we note that an educated girl and woman are empowered and hold the key to kick-start all inclusive economic growth of Uganda, and are very key, if Uganda is to attain a middle income status by 2020. This view is evident as well at continental and global level, as evidenced by the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025) which emphasizes the need to accelerate processes leading to gender parity and equity and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 and 5, which lay emphasis on education for all and gender equity and equality.
I therefore congratulate FAWEU founders (1997) for their foresight; the governance and management over the twenty (20) years, for a job well done.
Wishing you the best of returns in 2017.

Group Photo of Staff Members After after the organisational Workshop

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Organizational development is a change process that retrains and brings about new external and internal changes on how an organization operates.

The changes which are occurring in an organization i.e. strategic, tactical, leadership and technological changes have impact and effects on people’s processes and performance.

In order to minimize the impact and effects of unintended negative outcomes,  FAWE Regional Secretariat team conducted an Organizational Development workshop for FAWEU chapter to assess the organization’s  activities and performance,  project management, leadership and governance, management of financial resources, administration and human resource management, networking and advocacy as well as communication.

Speaking during the opening day, the FAWEU Executive Director Ms. Christine Semambo Sempebwa said “we need the organizational assessment and there are questions to be asked including; what changes do we need? What is our current position as an organization and where and how do we position the organization in future?”

The training team shared that, as an organization grows, strengthens and matures, it goes through stages that include; startup/nascent stage, emergent stage, expanding and mature stages. Every organization passes through theses stages at different rates but will progress from the initial stage after among other things having developed a clear mission, good management, structures and systems, management skills and staff who use the structures and system effectively.

The Organization capacity was measured using the  Organizational capacity assessment tool which aimed at providing baseline for the areas which needed  major institutional capacity building, aimed at institutional strengthening towards achieving organizational goals.

FAWEU Executive Director Ms. Christine Semambo Sempebwa

FAWEU CELEBRATES THIRD NATIONAL WOMEN’S WEEK

Women's week is a biennial event whose purpose is to provide a platform to reflect and revive the women's movement in Uganda. The event brings together women and men from different walks of life from across Uganda to network, share knowledge and experiences and holistically address multi- dimensional factors that continue to impede women's empowerment and gender transformation.

This year, FAWEU participated in 3rd National women's week organized by Uganda Women's Network (UWONET) under the theme "In Unison: Confronting the Unfinished Business" United Women Can! The week-long colorful event run from 17th-21st October and brought together several players in the arena of women and development, to share what they had done and what needed to be taken forward post-MDG and with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

FAWEU convened a parallel session on, tackling violence and pregnancy in and around schools; keeping girls and retention and re-entry of child -mothers in a school. The session outlined causes of violence and pregnancy in and around schools in Uganda and how they contribute to school girl drop outs and gender disparities.

Speaking during the session, the Gender Specialist from the Ministry of Education and Sports, Ms. Angella Nakafeero added that child- labour is among of the forms of violence that contributes to children dropping out of school. Some go in to cutting sugar cane, chasing birds from rice fields and engaging in petty trade. She said that as rights bearers, children need to be empowered to see the value of education over labour, while the parents, members of the community and other duty bearers need to be sensitized to ensure they do their part to keep children in school.

She added that “we need to protect children at all levels within our home, families, communities and at school by ensuring they are safe when they are going back to school”

On their part, she said that Government will continue ensuring that children that are enrolled and stay in school and ensure learning and teaching is taking place.
Ms. Nakafeero asked parents to work together with the government and play their roles by supporting children in terms of learning.

FAWEU’s Executive Director Ms. Christine Semambo Sempebwa added that “we need to continuously talk to and support children therefore teachers, community members and parents are trained to support and talk to children as well as children are exposed to role models who inspire them. She also emphasized the need to support pregnant girls and child-mothers to remain or get back in school given the dividends that come with Education. In her closing statement, she called upon on Government to look in to getting the policy on retention and re-entry of pregnant girls in to school as was the case in some countries in Africa.

Left FAWEU Communications and Advocacy Officer Juliet Kimotho receiving FAWEU’s advanced QUAM certificate from QUAM National Council officials

FAWEU Awarded National NGO Quality Assurance Certificate (QuAM)

On 23rd of June 2016, FAWEU was awarded the prestigious Quality Assurance Advanced Certificate, an accolade associated with good governance and proficiency in delivery of services among Non-governmental Organizations in Uganda. This was after top officials from NGO Quality Assurance Mechanism (QuAM) Council led by Dr.WinnieTarinyebwa, the Vice-Chairperson of the National QuAM Council carried out a successful vetting process on the 17th of May 2016 at the organization’s Office in Bukoto. 

The process involved examination of the organization’s guiding documents, policies, regulations and procedures and their applicability to the actual institutional practice. Furthermore, applying for the QuAM certification process is a sign of openness and transparency of the management and affairs of FAWE Uganda.

The NGO Quality Assurance Mechanism (QuAM) is a self-assessment initiative developed by NGOs and for NGOs. It aims to enhance the credibility and effectiveness of NGOs and contribute to the overall improvement in the public legitimacy of the sector.

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