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 the young teachers 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. The facilitation training is accredited by the Open College Network, UK.
Once teachers graduate from Teacher Training College we encourage them to set up Stop AIDS Clubs in Primary Schools and listen, with their learners, to the weekly Tisinthe! Interactive Radio Drama Programme.
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.
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