Rise Up: 10 Years Rising

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Creating an Army of Girls and Women Ready to Transform Their Lives

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By Tawina Jane Kopa-Kamanga, Rise Up Leader since 2011 and Founder and Director of Teams Advancing Women in Agriculture (TAWINA) in Lumbadzi, Malawi

In this series of stories celebrating 10 years of rising up for global impact, Rise Up Leaders discuss Rise Up’s role in their personal journeys as advocates for the rights of girls, youth, and women.

Fundraising Podcast : Tawina talks (Tips on Funding applications, grants & researching donors)

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If you are looking to increase your chances of getting grants from donors, Tawina Jane Kopa-Kamanga, Founder and Director of TAWINA, has some wonderful tips in her latest podcast. She discusses the important things to consider when seeking funding for projects.

Here is another resource by Tawina Jane on how to increase your chances of funding. Amplify Change


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Teams Advancing Women in Agriculture recently partnered with a Canadian based charity, Women Helping Women Canada, in its drive to improve socio-economic status of vulnerable women and girls in rural Malawi. Through its Strengthening Agricultural Livelihoods for Girls Education (SALGE) program, WHW will support over 100 women to access improved agricultural extension services, enhance collective leadership capacity, and increase household income and nutrition status.The project will keep 40 girls in school who otherwise would have no means of education support. Learn about the magic of soybean value addition.  More on www.womenhelpingwomen.ca


Chess for Academic Excellence in Rural Schools

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Education in rural Malawi is increasingly becoming more challenging due to deteriorating infrastructure and learners’ demand for better standards. This is amidst a myriad of reasons that have rocked the education sector. Keeping learners motivated is one of the most critical aspects for realizing high learner retention, less drop-out and increased completion rate. This is not withstanding that teachers have a pivotal role to play in all this. The Girl Inspire Initiative, a program of Teams Advancing Women in Agriculture (TAWINA), is expanding education opportunities for rural girls in various ways. One is introduction of chess as a tool for achieving academic excellence. Since its inception in October 2014, 4 schools and Bwalo la Atsikana have benefitted in Mzuzu City. In Dowa, 2 schools have established chess clubs. A total of 140 students are now playing chess with emphasis on improving their performance especially in science subjects.

Rural Girls’ Education for economic justice

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There are more compelling revelations are that sustainable global economic development will only be realized if girls are brought into the equation. Anne Firth Murray and many others note that girls education is not just a matter of economic policy but also a human rights issue. Thus, the Girl Inspire Initiative for Teams Advancing Women in Agriculture which aims to improve rural girls’ education is premised on this.

The project’s two outputs are (i) increased capacity of vulnerable and marginalized rural girls to attain secondary education and (ii) community structures actively and constructively engaged in education governance and management. The two year project targets schools in Dowa, Lilongwe Rural, Ntchisi and Mzimba.