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Manicaland and Masvingo Provinces mid-year report
Students and Youth Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT)
June 20, 2013

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Introduction and background

The SAYWHAT Manicaland office which became the first SAYWHAT provincial office in March 2011 continues to operate from the Mutare Teachers’ College Students’ Support Centre in collaboration with the college’s Family Health and Life Studies Department. The beginning of 2013 has also seen SAYWHAT strengthening its work in Masvingo Province, which has over 5 Tertiary Institutions working with SAYWHAT. The Manicaland Officer is now also coordinating the Masvingo colleges and ensuring that there is effective coordination of SAYWHAT programmes in the province.

Among the major activities that took place in the first half of 2013 are the Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) Meetings. These meetings were being done for the first time with the aim of analysing the SAYWHAT Operational Handbook and also introducing and contextualising the PCC in the different provinces where SAYWHAT is working. Other activities done include the 4Ps Programme Launch in Manicaland, 4Ps Training & Dialogues, ZITCOSA National Games, Provincial Vocational Training Centres Sports Gala, Film Aided Learning sessions, Join In Circuit Trainings and Weekly Peer Educators’ Meetings.

Of all the programmes implemented by SAYWHAT in Manicaland and Masvingo Provinces in the first half of the year, it is the 4Ps Programme that has been taking the centre stage with GBV Dialogues being conducted in 4 colleges by the trained GBV Facilitators. A total of 1 087 students and staff from these 4 colleges have so far been reached out through these 4Ps Dialogues and already traceable changes in attitudes to GBV have been noticed among students and staff members in the respective colleges. The first half has also seen SAYWHAT facilitating the 4Ps Programme official launch by the Manicaland Provincial Development Officer (Ministry of Women Affairs) during the ZITCOSA games that were hosted jointly by Mutare Teachers’ College and Marymount Teachers’ College.

The month of May also saw the Young4Real project coming back on board with SAfAIDS meeting all the Young4Real implementing partners (including SAYWHAT) on the way forward. A number of activities have been lined up under the Y4R project which include Awareness Platforms and Community Dialogues. So far, Y4R activities have already started and the Magamba Training Centre Awareness Platform which took place from the 10th to the 15th of June reaching out to 713 people became the first Y4R activity for 2013 in Manicaland Province. This report seeks to outline and explain the SAYWHAT activities that were done in Manicaland and Masvingo Provinces from January to June 2013. It will analyse activities done against the planned activities and it will also look at the possible outcomes of such activities.

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