Resources

We have developed a range of simple, practical tools, to assist programs that serve children affected by and infected with HIV. If you are looking for a specific tool and cannot find it on our website, please contact us!

Guidance and Counseling Handbook for Teachers

Guidance and Counseling Handbook for Teachers

To respond to the lack of HIV prevention education and guidance and counseling syllabus, Eswatini’s Ministry of Education and Training endorsed and launched Bantwana’s Life Skills Education Curriculum. The curriculum was developed was developed through a concerted effort by Eswatini’s Ministry of Education and Training and partners, including Bantwana, with the critical input of secondary school teachers and students across the country. this curriculum was made possible through OSISA funding and has since been rolled out and scaled under several projects with funding from CANGO/Global Fund and UNICEF.

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My Dreams My Choice Plus Facilitator Manual

My Dreams My Choice Plus Facilitator Manual

The My Dreams My Choice Plus Facilitator Manual is a guide for Peer Facilitators as they deliver the Protect Our Youth Clubs curriculum in Malawi under the Essential GBV Services and Prevention Project. POY Clubs aim to build the protective assets of adolescent girls — equipping you with information, skills, and support networks to better navigate the variety of risks they face. Through the use of this manual students will be empowered to work collaboratively; to speak out and take action against inequality, social injustice, abuse, examine unequal power dynamics and challenge gender norms that discriminate against girls and perpetuate gender-based violence.

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National Case Management System Framework – Zimbabwe

National Case Management System Framework – Zimbabwe

This document provides a framework for the implementation of the National Case Management System for the care, protection, and welfare of children in Zimbabwe. The National Case Management System adheres to the global principles of case management. These principles mirror local ethical practices of child protection standards and are in conformity with ethical and practice standards of different professional bodies. This resource was developed under our UNICEF funded National Case Management Program (CPF).

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Youth Work Readiness: Life Skills & Job Preparation Trainers Handbook

Youth Work Readiness: Life Skills & Job Preparation Trainers Handbook

A training manual was developed to prepare trainers to equip youth with skills needed in today’s workplace. This manual was developed by Transformation Africa (TA) with technical support from the Bantwana Initiative of World Education Inc., under our USAID funded Vana Bantwana Project in Zimbabwe. This manual prepares trainers to carry out the Life Skills and Job Preparation Training. After the 5 day training, youth are linked to internships or apprenticeships, micro-franchise opportunities or paraprofessionals depending on their abilities and interests. This resource can be combined with the Student Handbook.

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Youth Work Readiness: Life Skills and Job Preparation Student Handbook

Youth Work Readiness: Life Skills and Job Preparation Student Handbook

This is a student manual developed to equip youth with skills needed in today’s workplace. This manual is designed to be used during a one-week training that covers leadership and communication; administration, bookkeeping, and finance; teamwork, sexuality and values, and personal grooming; interview skills and basic computers; mock interviews and graduation from the training. This resource was developed under our USAID funded Vana Bantwana Project in Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe Accelerated Learning Program Teacher and Master Training Guide

Zimbabwe Accelerated Learning Program Teacher and Master Training Guide

The Zimbabwe Accelerated Learning Program (ZALP) Teacher and Master Training Guide is a “Catch up” curriculum for out-of-school children to accelerate learning and re-integrated learners in Zimbabwe. This resource was produced under our UNICEF funded ZALP Program. 

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Capacity Development of Local Organizations in Uganda

Capacity Development of Local Organizations in Uganda

In line with USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance, the Bantwana Initiative’s holistic capacity building approach strengthens organizational, financial, technical and M&E systems of local partners, moving them along a capacity development continuum aimed to improve performance and meet global accountability standards. This brief lays out WEI/Bantwana’s capacity development approach and achievements with five local partners under the USAID/Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda program, one of which is currently undergoing NUPAs assessment to become a direct recipient of USG funding.

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Early Warning System- Eswatini

Early Warning System- Eswatini

The Early Warning System (EWS) identifies girls who are vulnerable to drop-out and provides the key supports that keep them in school. These Response Protocols include student assessment and counseling, development of an Academic Support Action Plan, and referrals to health and social services as needed. Bantwana piloted two versions of the EWS in Eswatini: a teacher-administered tool, and a student self-administered tool.

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Improving ART Adherence in Adolescents through Increased Caregiver Support

Improving ART Adherence in Adolescents through Increased Caregiver Support

In Uganda, like elsewhere in the region, adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) face a number of adherence-related challenges including weak caregiver/parental support. Informed by global evidence and program feedback, WEI/Bantwana layered a strategic mix of economic strengthening, treatment literacy, and positive parenting on facility-based Peer Support Groups for adolescents living with HIV to improve adherence, retention, and overall wellbeing while encouraging greater self-efficacy among ALHIV and strengthening family resilience. The technical brief highlights the process, findings, and considerations for scaling this effective approach, which reinforces the efficacy of a well-coordinated referral network and case management approach.

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Interface Technical Brief

Interface Technical Brief

To address Malawi’s gap in gender-based violence response mechanisms, the Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. (WEI/Bantwana) is implementing a program to reduce SRGBV that focuses on both prevention and response. Funded by the US Department of State/Global Women’s Initiatives under the umbrella of a broader GBV program led by EngenderHealth, WEI/Bantwana and local partners seek to holistically address educator and student norms around SRGBV and to change the threshold of what has long been considered “acceptable”. To this end, the project delivers multi-pronged activities that foster change among students, teachers, and parents/caregivers.

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School Bonanzas Technical Brief

School Bonanzas Technical Brief

The Bantwana Initiative of World Education Inc. (WEI/Bantwana) is implementing a comprehensive program to reduce SRGBV, funded by the US Department of State/Global Women’s Initiatives and led by EngenderHealth. This program include ‘bonanzas’ – an innovation designed to improve response mechanisms and facilitate linkages to services. Bonanzas are one-stop-shop events that provide on-the-spot linkages to medical, legal, and counselling support for survivors. Bonanzas bring together local GBV service providers who hold informational sessions, as well as conduct individual consultations and on the spot service provision. Additionally, Mother groups trained in case management, GBV response, and psychosocial support are linked with bonanza service providers to ensure continuous referrals to services post-bonanza.

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Strengthening Local Government to Improve Uganda’s Child Protection System

Strengthening Local Government to Improve Uganda’s Child Protection System

Working closely with and strengthening government systems is a hallmark of WEI/Bantwana’s development approach. Under the USAID/Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Youth program in Eastern and Northern Uganda, WEI/Bantwana strengthened Uganda’s child protection system from community to national levels by expanding the trained social welfare workforce, improving data driven planning, coordination and service delivery across multiple government departments and community social protection and HIV/health cadres, and building capacity of government actors to more effectively address HIV and violence against children (VAC), including GBV. This brief lays WEI/Bantwana’s approach and key achievements across 23 districts in eastern and northern Uganda.

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Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) Technical Brief

Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) Technical Brief

Caregiver Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) are part of the Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. (WEI/Bantwana’s school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) prevention initiatives in Malawi. VSLAs help to address the economic drivers of GBV while building financial literacy and small business skills and strengthening social support systems. WEI/Bantwana also uses VSLA+ as platforms to further layer positive parenting training for caregivers that covers topics such as communicating with adolescents about sexual and reproductive health, relationships, HIV, and violence prevention.

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Workshop Report: Learning Event on Ending Child Marriages in Malawi

Workshop Report: Learning Event on Ending Child Marriages in Malawi

In March 2018, the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare (MoGCDSW) and the Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. (WEI/Bantwana) partnered to organize and host a Learning Symposium under the theme Addressing Child Marriage in Malawi. This report captures and disseminates key take away points, summaries of presentations, and recommendations that emerged from the proceedings.

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Youth Programming – Uganda

Youth Programming – Uganda

Uganda is home to one of the youngest populations in the world. Uganda’s youth are its greatest asset, yet youth need agency and opportunity to meaningfully engage in their communities and successfully transition to adulthood. This brief lays out WEI/Bantwana’s approach to youth-centered development through delivery of an integrated package of social asset building and HIV/GBV prevention, life skills and livelihood supports enabling them to make healthy decisions and become change agents for child protection with peers, families and communities.

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PAVING THE WAY FOR CHANGE: How Protect Our Youth Clubs Are Helping Students Challenge Norms and Confront School-Related GBV

PAVING THE WAY FOR CHANGE: How Protect Our Youth Clubs Are Helping Students Challenge Norms and Confront School-Related GBV

The qualitative assessment used focus group discussions (FGDs), key informant interviews (KII), and ‘most significant change’ methodology to document changes resulting from students’ participation in co-ed Protect Our Youth Clubs in secondary schools in Malawi. The data suggest that Protect Our Youth Clubs play a catalytic role in empowering students to better respond to and prevent school-related GBV in a way that promotes gender equality and provides an alternative lens through which they can challenge rigid and harmful gender norms. The findings also showed that engaging boys to interrogate and challenge stereotypes about masculinity and power dynamics in their own lives not only sparked a change in their own thinking around traditional gender roles and expectations, but also built their capacity as champions and change agents.

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