A team from My Tsogolo magazine has been visiting community day secondary schools (CDSSs) to engage local teachers in delivering writer’s workshops to students. These interactive workshops focus on building resilience by giving boys and girls an opportunity to recognize why gender stereotypes exist in Malawian culture, and to appreciate powerful women who have made a difference in Malawi despite traditional beliefs. The rural school tour encourages the participation of students, teachers and parents in the on-going Ngwazi Zazikazi story competition.
In this first round, schools in Blantyre, Mzuzu and Lilongwe were visited. The team has collaborated with the local TEVETA service centre to also come to the schools and share information about training opportunities in technical, entrepreneurial, and vocational education and training. As an added feature, STEP champions, poet Robert Chiwamba appeared at events in Mzuzu and singer Sangie performed in Lilongwe. Despite the tour happening during the examination period, the reception at schools has been wonderful, with dozens of stories for the competition collected and many t-shirts distributed. Local media have expressed interest in these events.
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