The model mainly aims at raising civic awareness on the rights and responsibilities of young citizens; encouraging young citizens to take action and hold government to account for the provision of accessible and adequate youth friendly health services.
The model builds from evidence gathered on the ground through our work on the ground to inform and feed into our work influencing government policy implementation.
Tikambe evokes debate with decision-makers around the key issues that affect young people like youth friendly service provision in communities and youth perspectives on targeted policies within the policy cycle.
The following are some the targeted policies:
- Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training Early Education (MESTVEE) HIV Policy
- Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training Early Education Re-entry policy
- Ministry of Health National Standards and Guidelines of Adolescent Health Friendly Services
- The Ministry of Youth and Sport(MoYS) National Youth policy
The targeted policies are reviewed and priority issues identified and the increase in the number of institutions formally consulting with young people in their strategies, plans and budgets culminates in impact in livelihoods and sexual reproductive health via the targeted of key policies in these areas.
Our Interventions under Tikambe
Running in 10 communities of Central Province, we are running a community programme targeting youth in formal education or out of school.
The programmes seek to strengthen a model which demonstrates youth-led development as the very best way for Zambia to meet its obligations to young people.
Leading on the implementation of our work is a team of young international and national volunteers. The programme empower syoung people to make safe choices regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights and economic and social well-being, ultimately contributing to reduced vulnerability to STIs, teenage pregnancy and early marriage.
The programmes also empower young people regarding their livelihood opportunities, ultimately leading to an increase in the number of young people in sustainable income-generating or livelihood opportunities.
Implementation of civic participation activities is led by a group of trained young Advocates4Action (A4A). The A4As mainly work at building the capacity of community young people so they can have the skills to hold local and central government to account for improved youth friendly health service delivery is being implemented.
As part of our new innovations, we partnered with BBC Media Action to implement a community intervention that aims at supporting the uptake of healthier sexual and reproductive health (SRH) behaviours, and increase understanding of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and related life skills issues among young Zambians.
The intervention is running in 25 communities. The intervention employs the effective and innovative use of mass media and interpersonal communication.
The intervention targets and is framed within the recently launched GRZ Ministry of Health ‘Adolescent Friendly Health Services Strategic Plan 2011-15.
Through an integrated approach of radio and TV programming, outreach activities, peer education and training in youth life skills, the programme empowers youths in the three target provinces of Northern, Central and Lusaka to claim their rights to access youth friendly SRHR and to be able to effectively interrogate and engage local and national authorities on key SRHR issues.
College Programme (Teacher AIDS Action Programme - TAAP):
And the intervention aims at addressing the following:
Built on our proven and established schools (School HIV Education Programme - SHEP) intervention, we are an intervention in nine of the 10 provinces of Zambia.
- Improved delivery of Life Skills training to student teachers at college level. Teachers are the key gate keepers in as far as quality education is concerned at school level. Teachers with strengthened capacity have found it easier to deliver upon life skills and also to deliver lessons on SRH. Thus through the intervention Student teachers are trained in the life skills and SRH modules delivered using non-formal learning techniques by our volunteer peer educators. The Student Teachers reached out to under the intervention will also be given the skills to help them ensure that policies and Acts of Parliament that protect the rights of pupils at school especially the girl child are made known to both the school and the communities. The training in SRH that they receive will also enable the teachers to protect themselves from contracting HIV, and lead positive life styles if they are HIV positive and also to live as positive role models to the pupils by demonstrating positive behaviours.
- Activities to institutionally mainstream Life Skills & HIV activities. Position papers have been printed in the local newspapers and shared using other media such as Radio shows and via social media platforms in order to aid education of local communities on different policies affecting young people such as the Re-Entry Policy and the need to have more girls staying in school longer as opposed to being married off at an early age. We’ve doubled these efforts through the intervention, as it takes on more work around enhancing the performance of Teacher Education in mainstreaming some of the identified good practices in its quest to improve the delivery of equity programmes at college and school level.
TWAKANE is specifically developed to roll out proven best practices or models to other Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s).
TWAKANE model aims at sharing our proven and evidence based best practices through targeted technical support to other Civil Society Organizations, sustained engagement with Restless Development Alumni in achieving our mission and through dissemination of information in form of case studies, newsletters etc on our work and sharing of our programme tools. While sharing our best practices we at the same time learn from other institutions thereby increasing the number of CSOs, institutions (government, private) Multi and Bilateral Organisations who are partnering with us to deliver on a common agenda.
With 735 Alumni since 2004 Restless Development Zambia constantly seeks to engage our ex-volunteers in our programme to ensure that after interactions the skills that the alumni have developed are used positively to better their lives and contribute to household income growth. Through the Twakane model we place our ex-volunteers trained as Advocates for Action (A4A) in different organisations to build the capacity of their staff to be able to implement our evidence based models.
Our Interventions under Twakane
Hands-on Learning Project
Through this project we build capacity and offer technical support to Copperbelt Health Education Project (CHEP) on using the Community Self Assessment Process in their work.
CHEP in its work advocates for free access to education, health and welfare for orphans and vulnerable children, particularly girls.
We have trained Advocates 4 Action attached to CHEP and leading on the capacity building and mentoring activities which target their staff and volunteers. It is expected that after the capacity building is done, CHEP will then train the community members from the communities they work in on the community self assessment process and on ways they can use the findings/evidence gathered from the assessment process to engage their community leaders and local government representatives.
In the picture: Hon. Vincent Mwale, MP talking to Advocates4Action during a Policy Engagement Meeting
College Programme (Teacher AIDS Action Programme - TAAP): Lobbying for improved monitoring and tracking of set indicators.
We believe that the challenges that are faced by the education sector cannot be addressed solely by Ministry of Education, Sciences, Vocational Training and Early Education (MESVTEE) neither can they be addressed solely by CSOs operating in isolation from the sector. Therefore, there is need for collaboration and to ensure that elements that have been proven to have been successful are mainstreamed within the sector in order to achieve sustainability in identified priority areas. Our college intervention is a step in that direction.
Through our youth-led accountability model, we have demonstrated how evidence generated from the ground through service delivery combined with access to key actors enables action to stem upon the findings of the research. Therefore, in the quest to ensure that there is effective monitoring and tracking of the set indicators with regards number of learners reached with life skills based and HIV and AIDS education in the education sector, evidence from the colleges is collated centrally and packaged into concise position papers which are shared with senior officials from MESVTEE.
With increased demand for showing results and also as a way of laying a basis for advocacy, it has become critical that the work being done on the ground is able to generate tangible results that will be able to prove the efficacy of the interventions as well as the value for money.
We also share the gathered evidence through means such as radio show discussions, publishing of position papers in the local newspapers, holding of TV discussions and documentaries of success stories to further inform MESVTEE.