School outreach with SweZam to Sacred Heart high school

Sacred Heart school is a private school located in the heart of Kitwe town centre. A private School owned by the catholic. Due to the previous inter-schools debate competitions under the organization of the SWEZAM project, the school got interested in the activities and Programmes the SweZam project undertakes. 

Due to the previous inter-schools debate competitions under the organization of the SWEZAM project, the school got interested in the activities and Programmes the SweZam project undertakes.

The School pupils and their teacher had visited the YRIC

and held discussions regarding the operations of the project, activities and Programmes. And the possibilities of establishing a club at their school.

On the 24th of July, 2009, the SWEZAM project was invited to conduct an outreach at the school with the purpose of establishing the club. The meeting was moderated by Godfrey Chimbini (Senior Youth club member).

The following activities were carried out during the meeting:

1. Introduction of the project activities ( past and current) – Rhoda (YC 2)  and Mbaita (YC 3)

2. History of the club-George (YC1)  and Malone (YC 3) 

3. Benefits of being a member – Jeff(YC 1) 

4. Elections – Don (YC 1) 

5. The SWEZAM budget – Bruce (Youth Organizer) 

Sacred Heart school is a private school located in the heart of Kitwe town centre.

Having explained the activities, history and benefits,

Don moderated the election session and the following names were voted by the Sacred Heart school pupils to occupy the posts as indicated.

• Philip Mundemba – president
• Annie Mukwemba – Vice president
• Grace Busaka – secretary
•                  – Vice secretary
•                  – Committee member

It was thereafter that the youth organizer was invited

to give a word of encouragement to the elected leaders and explain to the school club members how the SWEZAM budget is divided.

In his explanation, he made it clear that the club being established after the 2009 budget had already been made this meant the school will not get any financial support from the project but other support will be given. But because of the interest they had portrayed the need to establish a club couldn’t be ignored.

The SWEZAM project was invited to conduct an outreach at the school with the purpose of establishing the club.

He encouraged the general members to be committed

and take keen interest to learn more about the three thematic areas (Gender, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS), he explained that the project could not hesitate as interest shown was a self go ahead.

Thus the outreach was successful. He also said that although the budget for this year has already been allocated to the activities made, the leadership of the school club would not be sidelined.

It will be trained in the Capacity Building and Peer education trainings (Workshops) as this would help create checks and balances and stand as a guide in the way to lead the club. He further explained that they would be considered in the 2010-2012 budget and they will begin to share the same benefits as other school clubs.

The meeting was moderated by Godfrey Chimbini (Senior Youth club member).

Text: Bruce Mubanga
Extract from the Quarterly report no 3:  July-Sept 2009.

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