Seeding Project Impact Assessment
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The Theatre for a Change Malawi Seeding Project began in September 2007 after two preparatory visits and a viability pilot project in 2006, and after consultation with The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Department of Teacher Education and Development, Education Methods Advisory Service and the HIV and AIDS Desk Officer), DFID, the British Council and GTZ.
The TfaC Seeding Project selected 24 young Malawian graduates to provide training in HIV prevention, behaviour change, facilitation and child-centred learning techniques, with the long-term goal of employing them as teacher trainers. In addition to their own training, participants were required to create and regularly facilitate their own youth focus groups and to conduct extensive personal research on HIV, gender rights, advocacy and development work in Malawi. Following the Seeding Project, participant training will continue until October 2008 with the focus progressing from individual behaviour change and facilitation to advanced skills in multiple group facilitation, working with trainee teachers and education authorities, local and national gender rights promotion and research on new and innovative behaviour change strategies. The following is a summary of the impact of the project on the HIV and AIDS related Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour of the group.
The success of the Theatre for a Change Seeding Project and the personal and professional development among its participants are, in my opinion, strong indicators of the organisation?s future success, both in the medium and long term. It is clear that the TfaC methodology and training structures are effective not only in terms of personally empowering participants but also in cascading this training and eventual empowerment to local communities.