Blantyre, July 31, Mana. Young Women Christian Association of Malawi (YWCA-Malawi) in conjunction with Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) has launched a project aimed at advocating for comprehensive Life Skills Education curriculum for primary and secondary school.
The project will empower in-school and out-of-school adolescent girls and young women in Blantyre Rural so that they participate in Life Skills Education curriculum review currently underway at the Ministry of Education.
This will ensure that the new curriculum effectively addresses the emerging social and health issues affecting them.
“The current Life Skills Education curriculum fails to address social and health-related emerging issues and challenges including puberty, teenage pregnancies, gender-based violence, cyber bullying, Young People Living with HIV and AIDS (YPLHIV), humanitarian response and disaster preparedness.
“Therefore, we want adolescent girls and young women to participate in identifying areas that need to be included in the coming curriculum,” said REPSSI Country Representative, George Alufandika during the project launch this week.
In an interview, YWCA-Malawi President, Dr Mtisunge Kachingwe, concurred with Alufandika, saying the current Life Skills Education in Malawi still has information gaps because of how it is structured.
“Although Life Skills is examinable in the secondary school curriculum, it is an elective subject and not taken by most students due to low career choices at university level.
“This makes it more challenging to deliver sexuality education to adolescent girls and young women.
“Therefore, there is need to strengthen delivery by investing in their (girls’) education at the right time to support their transition into healthy adulthood,” said Dr Kachingwe.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology last reviewed the Life Skills Education curriculum in 2015 when it introduced aspects of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in life skills education in line with the national laws and policies.
The newly introduced advocacy project will be implemented over six months (July-December, 2021) with funding to the tune of $25, 000 (approx. K20 million) from Frontline AIDS and HIV Prevention Advocacy Grants.