Improving girls education in Namibia

News & Events


11 September 2023


FAWE Regional Secretariat will once again be a nominating agency for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the United Kingdom. FAWE will be partnering with the CSC in nominating 25 female candidates for PhD study and 27 female candidates for Master’s study for the scholarships tenable from September/October 2024. The exercise will involve processing, nominating and electronically submitting names of successful candidates to CSC by Tuesday 12 December 2023 at 16:00 GMT.

Brief Description

The Commonwealth Scholarships are for students from developing commonwealth countries for Master’s (one-year), PhD, and split-site PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The prospectus and selection criteria, along with full details of the scholarships and information on how to apply are available for candidates on the Commission’s website at:

Field(s) of study

All subject areas are eligible for consideration, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to those applications that demonstrate strong relevance to development. CSC’s 6 Thematic areas are; i) Science and Technology for Development, ii) Strengthening Health Systems and Capacity, iii) Promoting Global Prosperity, iv) Strengthening Global Peace, Security and Governance, v) Strengthening Resilience and Response to Crises and vi) Access, Inclusion and Opportunity.

Target Group

The scholarships are targeted to Developing Commonwealth countries, but FAWE will concentrate only on the following member countries that are in the FAWE network.

  • Masters Scholarship

Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, and Zambia only.

  • PhD Scholarship (Excluding Namibia)

Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda and Zambia only.


Full eligibility requirements for Master’s candidates are available at:

Full eligibility requirements for PhD’s candidates are available at: fragile-states/

Advice to Applicants webpage- a new Advice to Applicants page has been added to the CSC website along with a list of FAQs.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply and priority shall be given to:

  • Candidates who are currently or in the past contributed to FAWENA’s work, mission and vision
  • Past FAWENA beneficiaries/FAWENA scholarship alumni
  • Candidates who have contributed to the promotion of girls’ education, gender equity and equality in education in their current or previous engagements
  • Candidates with first degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates who in their application show commitment that they will contribute to FAWENA’s vision and mission within their communities upon completion of the course.

Please note that the deadline for candidates to submit their applications and all supporting documentation through the Commonwealth Scholarship Electronic Application System (EAS) is Tuesday 17 October, 2023 at 16:00 (GMT).

Supporting Documents

For an application to be eligible for consideration, applicants must include the following supporting documents.

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status-uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English)- uploaded to the online application system
  • References from at least two individuals- submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request).
  • Supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on your application form-submitted directly by your proposed supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request) - only applies for PhD applicants.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that her referees are able to complete the references by the deadline and that they receive the reference requests -Masters Applicants.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that her referees and proposed supervisor(s) are able to complete the references and supporting statements by the deadline and that they receive the reference and statement requests -PhD Applicants.

The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted by nominating agencies or outside the online application system.

Application Instructions:

All applicants will be expected to have completed the CSC application form online by Tuesday 17 October 2023 (16:00 GMT). Information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides, is available at: (for Masters) (for PHD)

Important Information

  • Please note that when applying on online, applicants should select FAWE as nominating Agency.


FAWENA Handover Donation for Flood Victim School Children in Ohangwena Region

24 February 2023

The Ohangwena region, in the northern part of Namibia has experienced persistent flooding reportedly coming from Angola, as the South of Angola continues to receive heavy rainfall. As a result, the Ohangwena Directorate of Education, Arts and Culture closed down the affected schools, and communities have been forced to relocate to higher ground and housed in camps. This posed a significant emergency risk to community members and school children’s lives and health. Teaching and learning has been affected as classes had to be put on hold until the water levels subsided. The food distribution and sanitation situation in the households remained a challenge as it became difficult for the communities to close the flood water and buy their necessities.


01 October 2022

FAWENA in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture’s regional directorates and with financial support from Global Fund, conducted Girls Club training workshops in Ohangwena and Omusati regions.

Girls Club refers to school clubs that are specifically established for girls’ in-school only and, as the name implies, it is a unique platform that intends to bring in-school girls together. The formation of Girls’ Club is a deliberate attempt to provide an enabling environment for the in-school girl, which will make school and learning more interesting for her. It is aimed at giving the opportunity for in-school girls to come together under one umbrella and share experiences, discuss solutions to issues peculiar and of common interest to them, and also learn new ideas and skills.

During the month of April and September, 3-day Girls Club Training workshops were conducted in Omusati and Ohangwena regions. 

FAWENA Girls Club Members Receive Dignity Packs

01 October 2022

During monitoring and evaluation school visits, FAWENA distributed dignity packs and school stationeries to 1,113 Girl Club members during September and October 2022. The items included sanitary pads, toothpaste, tooth brush, face cloth, roll on, bath soap washing powder and drawstring bags.During the visits the girls were inspired and motivated to take their education seriously and not allow circumstances to hinder their progress in life.


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 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

14 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:

FAWENA- 2017 Activities

01 January 1970

Between April and July 2017,FAWENA with the support of the Ministry of Education Arts and Culture, with funding from Global fund implemented programs and activities in all thirteen regions throughout Namibia. Some of the programs include TUSEME clubs, Girls Clubs, Re-entry Program for teenage mothers.