MIET AFRICA seeks to employ In-Country Coordinators to take responsibility for the effective implementation of the FutureLife-Now! COVID 19 Emergency Response. FutureLife-Now! is a regional school-based programme aimed at reducing new HIV infections and increasing ART adherence amongst young people in the SADC region. The programme will provide assistance to that country’s COVID 19 response through the provision of emergency COVID 19 equipment and the dissemination of factually accurate COVID 19 information. Each post is a seven month contract position, commencing 1 June 2020 and ending 31 December 2020. Closing date for applications is 27 May 2020. Click here for more information and to apply.
The report includes a road map for planning to build and maintain a CSTL school. A CSTL school is a rights-based, inclusive school that ensures that every child—especially the most marginalized—receives a quality education that unlocks their full potential as an agent of sustainable development. The goal is that every school in the SADC region becomes a CSTL school that provides transformational, quality, inclusive education to all, especially the most marginalized, and builds the human capital needed for sustainable, inclusive development. Click here to download the report.
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action has developed a technical note for the protection of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The technical brief aims to support child protection practitioners to better respond to the child protection risks during this pandemic. Read the technical brief here.
MIET AFRICA has developed an advocacy brief to motivate ministries of education across Africa to prioritize the transformation of their education systems within a 21st century learning framework in order to realize children’s civil and political rights in and through education, and in so doing, lay the foundations of sustainable development for the continent.
The Sharing Meeting of the SADC Technical Committee on CSTL and FutureLife-Now! programme took place in Durban, South Africa, between 3–5 February 2020. Representatives from 16 Member States attended the meeting to discuss the relationship between CSTL, FutureLife-Now! and the Children’s Participation Framework as a strategic framework for accelerating sustainable development in the SADC Region. It also provided an opportunity for Member States to be inducted on the new SADC FutureLife-Now! programme, and offered a forum for sharing challenges, good practices, lessons learnt and policy or programme recommendations related to HIV&AIDS, SRHR and ART adherence. Click here for the Meeting Report and here to view and download the presentations.
Save the Children and MIET AFRICA have joined forces to advocate for stronger child-sensitive governance processes and systems across the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) region, including inclusive, child-sensitive, democratic election processes. This advocacy brief provides an overview of the rights and responsibilities of children and state parties in securing the meaningful participation of children in election proceedings. It makes recommendations for developing child-friendly election proceedings in the ESA region, drawing on relevant legal instruments, literature and stakeholder views from 2017 research in Zambia and Tanzania on children’s civil and political rights. Click here to read the advocacy brief.
MIET AFRICA, in partnership with the SADC Secretariat and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), seeks to appoint a Technical Officer to take responsibility for the effective implementation of programmes and projects related to the SADC Care and Support for Teaching and Learning initiative. This one year contract position (renewable subject to performance) is open to residents of Botswana only. The successful applicant will be based in Gaborone, Botswana. Closing date for applications is 11 March 2020. Click here for more information and to apply.
The annual 2018 CSTL regional sharing meeting was held in Johannesburg from 11- 13 December. Hosted by the SADC Secretariat, in partnership with MIET AFRICA and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), this was the final SDC-supported sharing meeting. Delegates included education ministry officials from 13 of the 16 SADC Member States, UN partners, and NGOs involved in the area of care and support.
A key theme running through the meeting was the importance of youth empowerment, critical for Member States to deliver on their development imperatives and commitments. In addition to a dedicated session on youth empowerment, youth representatives participated in several of the meeting’s sessions and an opportunity was provided for two youth to make opening comments.
Opening remarks were also made by the three initiating CSTL partners. The representative from the SADC Secretariat, Ms Lomthie Mavimbela, acknowledged the contributions made to CSTL by the various groups represented.
The Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Programme is a powerful example of how an NGO-initiated pilot project developed into a region-wide government commitment providing effective methodology for systems strengthening. Through a collaboration between the SADC Secretariat, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, MIET AFRICA, Member States and partners, a local idea because a shared regional commitment.
This publication tells the story of the CSTL Programme, and reflects the voices of its many stakeholders.