Humana People to People

Humana People to People

Celebrating World Water Day

Universal access to safe drinking water and water resources is an imperative that cuts across all internationally agreed development objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals. Improving access to water improves health and education. It increases agricultural productivity. It is a force for gender equality.

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On Pedagogy

DNStrain primary school teachers to work in rural Mozambique where lack of teachers is.

The intention has been and will remain, to train teachers who become mind, body and soul operatives as progressive partners in a better life in the communities of Mozambique. But teaching is the core of their activities and we have found out that this is best achieved through learning by doing – that is through practice in the primary schools.

The Pedagogical Practices is a remarkable training practice enriching the student teachers with hands on knowledge. The students are divided into groups of two and three students per class and teaching all subjects in a given class. While one of the students teaches, the others observe for analyzing the lessons and discussing after the lesson what was good and what can be improved on, under direct supervision of Teacher Training College teachers and the primary school teachers, who work in close cooperation with each other, to evaluate the progress of the student.

The practice takes place every morning on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On these days, the students give lessons and also participate in extra-curricular activities at the practice school for example: maintenance; school gardening; meetings with parents and organizing free time activities like games and plays in order to get a broad understanding of the important role education plays in society. To become good teachers they learn different methods in the pedagogical subjects; group education, use of materials and facilities, participative learning, pupil centred education, lessons by guest-teacher, excursions and the importance of preparation of the lessons.

The most interesting for the students is the Psycho Pedagogy lessons where they learn how to implement and how to secure the transmission of the matters to their pupils and they learn how not to think that the teacher knows everything and the pupils nothing but make use of the knowledge the pupils have on beforehand by receiving ideas and opinions throughout the lessons.

For more information visit ADPP Mozambique

Self-reliance

Producing sanitary pads is one of the activities that girls attending Nyava Youth Center run by DAPP Zimbabwe are learning to do.

An important part of any woman’s regular monthly routine is the use of sanitary pads. This is not an issue if the woman in question can go into a shop and buy the pads. It is not a pleasant choice if it is a decision between buying groceries and sanitary pads.

In sub-Saharan Africa, millions of girls, in particular, that reach the age of puberty are highly disempowered due to the lack of access to sanitary wear. Many of the girls from poor families cannot afford to buy sanitary pads.

Among other skills, girls attending HOPE Humana Youth Centre in Nyava are learning to make their own re-usable sanitary pads, enabling many from poor environments to go to school without interruption for a full 30 days every month. This can be an impossible accomplishment for poor girls who do not have this self-help knowledge. Girls say the washable cloth menstrual pads are easy to make and very comfortable to use.

A girl absent from school due to menstruation for four days a month loses 13 learning days, equivalent to two weeks of learning, in every school term. It is estimated that within the four years of high school the same girl loses 156 learning days equivalent to almost 24 weeks out of 144 weeks of learning in high school.

“The knowledge I have in making these sanitary pads is freely acquired and I thank DAPP Zimbabwe that I have it and I will have this useful skill all my life. I encourage parents to send their daughters to me so that I can pass it on as well. The pads I make for myself are more comfortable and much better than the disposable ones available in the shops. They are also very cheap to make and are safe for the environment,” says a 17 year old girl from Munyezvo Village in Nyava area of Bindura District.

Nyava Youth Centre’s Co-ordinator, Lydia Mahonya says, “When this component of the Youth Centre training is combined with the others where the girls sew their own school uniforms, have access to school fees support and Child Rights Training, it makes it easier for the girls to participate in other activities that are important in their community.”

It is the accumulation of such small actions which will make it possible for getting each girl child not left out in accessing education without dropping out.

For more information on interesting development works being done in Zimbabwe visit the page DAPP Zimbabwe.