Humana People to People

Humana People to People

To educate our next generation we must first educate our teachers



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It is estimated that almost 69 million teachers need to be recruited around the world by 2030 if international pledges on education are to be met, warns UNESCO. African countries face the largest gaps in staffing levels and the continent accounts for nearly two-thirds of the teachers estimated to be needed globally by 2030. Addressing the problem of who will educate the continent’s fast-growing young population is a matter of urgency. Alongside the concerning trend of teacher shortages in Africa is the problem of quality of education and teaching on the continent, which has caused millions to be sold short by the lack of adequate teacher training.

In many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, teachers are faced with very high teacher-to-pupil/student ratio, limited teaching resources and poor school infrastructure. At the same time they are expected to deliver high quality education meeting the international standards. However, the effort the teachers are making is going a long mile in providing education in many deprived communities in Africa. Teachers with little or no training are coming in to cover the shortage of trained teachers as the national governments are failing to meet the demand of teachers in their countries. Their contribution is worth recognizing as the governments are reminded of the need to deliver on SDG 4.
Indeed, across Africa, there continues to be huge disparities between rural and urban education, with evidence continuing to show that primary school enrolment rates in rural areas severely lag behind urban rates in most developing countries. Children, and particularly young girls, in these areas suffer worse learning outcomes and completion rates than their peers in urban areas. Factors that contribute to this include low teacher quality, high pupil-to-teach ratios, teacher retention and teacher absenteeism.

But why? A major contributing factor is that the majority of teachers prefer to teach in urban areas. This leads to rural schools often recruiting less experienced teachers because those with better qualifications are more likely to fill the highly sought-after jobs in urban areas. This is coupled with difficulties presented by periods of absenteeism, which is far more common in rural schools where teachers take longer periods of time off to see doctors, families and to attend training. Teachers working in rural areas also face longer walks to school from their communities which results in shorter teaching hours. The remoteness of these schools also results in accountability levels being far lower than acceptable as inspectors and government officials rarely make trips to ensure standards are being met. The result is a harmful erosion of hours of teaching received by children and a collapse in standards of education.

 

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Humana People to People has been tackling the rural teacher challenge head on for many years. Our unique approach has seen 39,000 graduates globally take up and retain positions mostly in rural communities. The teacher training colleges in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Zambia and India go beyond traditional academic training with a focus on a practical and holistic education. Our guiding principle is to see education as both building knowledge and promoting citizenship, as education is an integral part of community development with schools and teachers playing a major role in the rural communities. Our graduates become community teachers who are equipped with not only the skills to teach academic subjects, but the practical knowledge of how to build latrines, wells and houses.

To prepare them for the realities of rural life, our trainees are taken out to live in and learn from the communities, to familiarise them with their future roles and ensure the communities are actively engaged in and aware of the importance of education. Over the years we have found that this holistic and unique approach to teacher training has instilled a sense of pride in our teachers, resulted in a decline in absenteeism and improved educations systems in the communities in which the graduates have served.

On World Teachers’ Day Humana People to People would like to celebrate the 39,000 graduates who have trained with us and the 11,600 trainees currently completing their studies at our colleges. In 2018 and beyond we will collectively continue to fight for the many children globally who still do not have access to quality teachers.

Humana People to People presents at the International Conference on Food Security & Climate Change

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Humana People to People is going to take part at the International Conference on Food Security and Climate Change to be held in Harare, Zimbabwe on 4th – 5th of October 2018. The international conference is being organized by Bindura University of Science Education with focus on food security and the climate change impact on today’s agriculture.

During the conference Humana People to People Chairperson Ib. O. Hansen will present, in a breakaway parallel session called Global Climate Change. The Global Climate Change session will be chaired by Dr. T.D. Mushore of University of Zimbabwe. Ib. O. Hansen’s presentation is titled Humana People to People: Farmers’ Clubs Fighting for Food Security and Addressing Global Warming Across the SADC Countries and Elsewhere in the World.

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) 2018 The State of Food Security in the World: Building Climate Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition report is showing that hunger is on the rise as for the third year in a row that is 2014 to 2017, there has been a rise in world hunger. The absolute number of undernourished people, i.e. those facing chronic food deprivation, has increased to nearly 821 million in 2017, from around 804 million in 2016. These are levels from almost a decade ago.

In addition, climate variability and extremes are among the key drivers behind the recent surge in global hunger and one of the leading causes of severe food crises. The cumulative effect of changes in climate is undermining all dimensions of food security – food availability, access, utilization and stability. At the same time, growing competition for land, water, and energy, in addition to the overexploitation of natural resources, will seriously impair our productive capacity in regards to producing food.

Success in meeting food security and climate change challenges will require a steady stream of capacity building and strengthening vulnerable communities to improve their farming practices as they gear towards increasing food production as well as adapt to changing climatic conditions.

Humana People to People in its parallel presentation paper at the International Conference on Food Security and Climate Change seek to demonstrate that its alternative rural farming models currently benefiting vulnerable farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa offer hope and possibilities in empowering farmers to undertake sustainable agriculture. Thus, actions need to be accelerated and scaled up to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity of food systems, people’s livelihoods, and nutrition in response to climate variability and extremes.

Solutions require increased partnerships and multi-year, large-scale funding of integrated disaster risk reduction and management and climate change adaptation programmes that are short-, medium- and long-term in scope. Thus the Farmers’ Clubs programme, a rural small-scale farming concept provide the viable solutions as its approaches are community based, people led and is driven by the collective structures of farmers in finding solutions as a unity through technical guidance from a resident Farming Instructor.

Since the start of the first Farmers’ Clubs project in Mozambique in 2005, the initiative has gone to benefit more than 200 000 farmers in Africa and India. The farmers whose livelihood is directly connected with agro-produce are organized into clubs of 50 where they co-operate and gain new farming techniques. The members of the Farmers’ Clubs improve production, food security and household income through adopting environmental friendly climate smart agriculture methods of farming. As a result of the program, small-scale farmers have increased their production and their incomes through capacity building and sustainable agriculture practices.

In-line with the Sustainable Development Goals, the aim of the Farmers’ Clubs is to provide farmers with the tools and channels to transform their lives and strengthen resilience against short and long-term environmental shocks including changes.

Inside Namibia's HIV success story

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AMSTERDAM — Facing one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, Namibia has become the first country in Africa to have more than three-quarters of its HIV-affected population virally suppressed — and insiders are crediting political commitment, good data, and community-centered HIV programs for the remarkable achievement.

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Humana People to People to Participate at EDD18

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Humana People to People is excited to announce its involvement in this year’s European Development Days (EDD), to be held in Brussels on the 5th and 6th of June this year.

This year’s theme for Europe’s largest event dedicated to international cooperation, development and humanitarian aid is Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest. During the two-day event, Humana and its members will share in-depth learnings on gender mainstreaming in teacher training activities and experiences on moving towards gender equality in education.

 

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Conceição da Glòria Sozinho, Director of ADPP Teacher Training College in Chimoio, Mozambique, will be sharing her own insights in a lab debate hosted by the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030. The debate, titled Female Teachers and Gender Equality in Education will be held at 9:00am on the 6th of June in debate room D1. She will be joined by H.E. Paul Mavima, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education in Zimbabwe; H.E. Marie Odile Attanasso, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Benin; and Mrs Teopista Birungi Mayanja, Regional Coordinator for the Africa Network Campaign for Education for All (ANCEFA). The Debate will be moderated by Dennis Sinyolo, Senior Coordinator of Education International.

 

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Girls are still 1.5 times more likely than boys to be excluded from primary school, and half of out-of-school primary-aged girls are unlikely to ever enter school. Wealth disparities and the rural-urban divide further exacerbate barriers and vulnerabilities faced by girls, which increase as they get older. Female teachers have an important role in addressing access and quality issues in girls’ educational experiences – especially in places where women are discriminated against and under-represented in political, employment, and leadership positions. Interestingly, the gross enrolment ration in secondary education is often used to monitor trends and progress from primary to secondary level. The data reveal that the percentage of female teachers in primary education roughly correlates with girls’ GERs in secondary education.

Although women make up the majority of the teaching profession in many countries, a closer examination can reveal significant disparities, particularly in rural and hard-to-reach areas. They can be harder to recruit in these areas due to socio-cultural barriers and safety issues. In addition, despite representing a majority of teachers at both primary and secondary levels, female teachers are not as likely as their male counterparts to move into school-level management positions.

 

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This session will explore policy, funding and civil society best practices in empowering women to enter and remain in the teaching profession and their role in providing a gender-responsive education to all children.

In addition, Humana will be hosting stand 61 in the Global Village to highlight its approach to gender mainstreaming in teacher training. Titled Teachers Change Lives, the stand will feature lessons learned and experiences from the seven countries where partners manage Teacher Training Colleges. 

If you would like any further information regarding Humana People to People and our participation at this year’s EDDs, please contact Amy Logan on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We very much hope to see you in Brussels! You can also find out more about EDD at eudevdays.eu 

Ready to beat Malaria in its tracks!

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Malaria has claimed millions of lives and destroyed untold human potential. If we take the right steps now, we can end this disease for good. Be counted, join the malaria fight and save millions of lives.

As the world come to mark World Malaria Day on 25th of April, the occasion will assist to highlight the need for continued focus on the work going towards malaria elimination, financial investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention. The disease poses threats to the future of the African continent as surveys on malaria reveal that a child dies every minute from malaria in Africa where it is estimated that 9 out of 10 malaria deaths occur.

The emerging consensus is that the African voices are key to the fight against malaria but are not heard enough when decisions are made about policy and resource allocation for malaria. According to the Malaria Futures for Africa report it argues that the disease costs the African economy more than USD 12 billion every year and slows the economic growth of countries with high malaria rates by 1.3%.

 

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Humana People to People is fighting malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa where its community development programs are being implemented. The malaria prevention approach is built around a community based diagnosis, treatment and information awareness campaign empowering people to reduce chances of contracting the disease. The efforts are all supporting the World Health Organization’s road map called The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030. The strategy sets the target of reducing global malaria incidence and mortality rates by at least 90% by 2030.

The past efforts in addressing malaria have made it possible to scale down its devastating consequences on humanity. According to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 facts and figures on malaria, it shows that over 6.2 million malaria deaths were averted between 2000 and 2015, primarily for children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the same time frame, the global malaria incidence rate has fallen by an estimated 37 per cent and the mortality rates by 58 per cent. The momentum built since the turn of the millennium can be used to bolster more actions and ignite optimism to eliminate malaria in the malaria high burden countries.

There still remains much work to be done to eradicate malaria in Africa south of the Sahara. Much effort is called for in the area of case identification, early treatment and surveillance. A strong surveillance system requires high levels of access to care and case detection.

 

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Humana People to People is convinced that fighting the malaria scourge is a winnable battle. With robust financial resources and political leadership, the world can swing the pendulum back towards a malaria-free world.

Some members of Humana to People are implementing a one year regional Malaria Elimination 8 program across some Southern African countries. The Southern African Malaria Elimination 8 (E8) initiative is a coordinated eight country effort to eliminate malaria in four Southern African countries by 2020 (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland - the first countries) and in four more by 2030 (Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe - the second line countries).

The rationale for this regional intervention is countries with lower incidence and closer to elimination (such as South Africa and Botswana) are subject to high transmission from more endemic countries due to human migratory patterns. The project reduces the spread of malaria by providing testing and treatment services to migrant and mobile populations and surrounding at-risk communities in border areas.

 

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Through the E8 initiative Humana People to People members are contributing to enabling and accelerating zero local transmission of malaria and eliminate malaria by the year 2030. The project is offering Malaria information, test and treatment in mobile health posts and door-to-door in communities for migrant populations and underserved populations in the border areas. Active malaria surveillance is being done seeking to secure data on where the malaria cases are coming from and appropriate approaches are formulated to mitigate the malaria prevalence.

There is no doubt that ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all ages is important to building prosperous societies.