Improving girls education in Namibia

News & Events


22 May 2017

Belinda !Gaes, Finance Officer at the FAWENA Head Office in Windhoek graduated recently with a Bachelor of Accouning Degree from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). What makes it so outstanding is that she is a former beneficiary of FAWENA.

FAWENA Alumni Launch and Awareness

01 November 2015

FAWENA Alumni Association was officially launched in Windhoek on 6 November 2014. A total of 21 former beneficiaries participated.

Community mobilization for Shinyungwe Community

20 October 2015

The workshop was as a result of former Deputy Minister of Education and FAWENA former Chairperson, Honourable Silvia Makgone who visited schools around the country, of which Shinyungwe Combined School was one of them. She collected the following 2014 statistics from the school: the school had high failure rate of 73% for grade 10 and pregnancy rate of 30%. The schools pass rate was recorded as the lowest in the region. FAWENA was further notified that the contributing factors were lack of parental involvement in their children’s education, different household chores, teenage pregnancy, lack of interest in school as a result of lack of motivation, child headed household and poverty. The workshop targeted all stakeholders such as the learners, teachers, school board members, the traditional and community leaders, and the community at large.

2015 Scholarship award

20 October 2015

  FAWENA awarded a total of scholarships 947 learners

FAWENA Re-entry for Out of School Mothers

30 September 2015

On 17-18 July 2015 FAWENA conducted re-entry workshop for 50 teenage mothers that FAWENA brought back to school. They also received scholarship items. The participants were from Kavango East and West regions. This is an opportunity given to young girls between the ages of 14- 20 that fell pregnant while in school and as a result did not complete their education cycle in the Kavango East and Kavango West regions. The focus is on vulnerable girls coming from poor families or households but have shown academic potential. Teenage pregnancy has been cited as a constraint in the elimination of gender disparities in education, and in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of universal primary education and gender equality in education by 2015. The national prevalence rate for teenage pregnancies stands at 17%, and the Kavango region topping the list in the country with the highest teenage pregnancy rate of 34%. Kavango is the region with the highest poverty level in Namibia, more than 50% of the population were classified as poor. According to the 2013 Namibia Labour Force Survey, unemployment of female in the Kavango Regions is 35.3%.

FAWENA Kavango Basket Weaving Project

01 July 2015

 A total of 140 unemployed women from villages in Kavango East and West regions were trained to weave baskets. A total of 550 Baskets were sold locally and internationally. The baskets were show cased at the Okahandja Art market. A shop seller was employed to sell at the Rundu Open Market.

25th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Mainstreaming Gender in the African Union

30 January 2015

Ms. John Tissa, FAWENA Alumni participated in the 25th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Mainstreaming Gender in the African Union (AU).  The meeting place on 20-23 January 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the margins of the 24th AU Summit. The Consultative Meeting discussed issues relating to the thematic areas of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa in the context of Agenda 2063.

Who is an Empowered Woman

13 January 2015

An Empowered Woman is:                                                                                       By: R. Haufiku

Expanding Participation for Persons with Disabilities

29 December 2014

With the financial support of USAID  “from the American people” through “Expanding Participation for Persons with Disabilities program, FAWENA has successfully implemented the following activities: