We train pre-service teachers in government Teacher Training Colleges across Malawi how to protect their sexual and reproductive health. This includes giving all young teachers an opportunity to test for HIV.

We also train them how to facilitate participatory child-centred approaches so that they can improve the sexual and reproductive health of children in Primary Schools throughout their careers.

Once teachers graduate from the colleges, they set up Life Skills clubs in the Primary Schools and listen, with their learners, to our weekly Tisinthe! Interactive Radio Drama Programme. The teachers also organise events in the community – events like Interactive Theatre performances and Community Open Days – to bridge learning between schools, families and community members.

Our partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding that identifies Theatre for a Change as a key service provider for sexual and reproductive health education in Teacher Training Colleges and Primary Schools.

Through a new two-year grant from the Medicor Foundation, starting in October 2020, we will continue this vital work with thousands of new pre-service teachers and the children they go on to teach.

Theatre for a Change has changed my communication skills and how to deal with challenging situations in everyday life. I am able to empower people at risk and advocate for the rights of children.

Haswel, Pre-Service Teacher, Lilongwe Teacher Training College

Read an evaluation of our work in teacher training colleges and primary schools