Southern Region Mission Statement
The Southern region extends from Cornwall in the west to Kent in the east and north as far as Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
- We have 4 lively Local Associations at Great London, Canterbury, Reading and Winchester
- All have book clubs, interesting speakers on a wide variety of topics, social events and visits, as well as supporting charities and giving prizes to students.
- We also have Independent Members who do not belong to a Local Association but, like all BFWG members enjoy National, European and International conferences/ events/visits.(See BFWG on Links)
- Use Southern Region Website to obtain details of the calendar, the latest news of activities and the opportunity to take part in discussions on topical issues through the Forum
- Make a difference by supporting our scholarship awards, networking and work on women`s issues.
- Enjoy friendship with women from many different backgrounds and interests.
Southern Region AGM Minutes
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Southern Region News
Education Uganda Report
IFUW is seeking to launch a pilot project—the Teacher Training Initiative (TTI) - in collaboration with one of its national federations or associations (NFAs). The TTI aims to increase access to quality rural education through teacher training and development, advocacy and the empowerment of women and girls.
Alice Nabyre visited Winchester on 3rd July, so about ten WWG members were able to meet her and also two of the Education Uganda Trustees. We were all very impressed with Alice. She spoke about her work visiting the many primary schools in Kasese district; or sometimes training teachers in a local secondary school, where there was electricity for her powerpoint presentations and DVDs showing good practice in the use of the small slates.
Alice emphasised her position as a role model for the girls as they rarely met a woman in such a powerful position. She was often asked by the girls how it was possible to have a career and she was keen to inspire them to have high ambitions. Her enthusiasm and charisma were patently obvious.
The position of assistant coordinator was originally for three years, part time so that she could slip back into her secondary school where she teaches agriculture to seven hundred students. She briefly described how she included guidance - for both the girls and the boys- towards a more modern approach to the role of women in society.
The trustees have now found the funding to meet the target of having a slate for each student. They already have 100, 000 and will double that to 200,000 next year. That also means that they need a great deal of money for chalk. They have agreement with the local government that they can ask for about 30p a year for each child from the parents but that is about half the cost. Meanwhile they have Rotary as partners to start to build up libraries in some of the schools. Alice is also helping with this work.
They see Alice’s role as crucial and hope to continue to employ her preferably full time. There is still a great need for coordination, training new teachers and introducing new ideas.
The success of the project has been monitored. They have used a study with a 30% sample to show that the effect of the project is statically significant with more students staying in school and better end of year results. Kasese is a rural area and was not very successful academically before, but now the results of their best schools rival that of the schools in the capital. There are even secondary schools in Kampala coming to Kasese to recruit students.
After the meeting WWG decided that we wanted to continue our involvement for another year. We have finished the three years funding that was promised, but have no Southern Region project to replace it. If any individual member would like to support by giving a donation then please contact me for WWG bank details. My contact details are in the directory.