What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Over the last three years we have worked with 7,200 teachers who in turn will influence over 72,000 students. The teachers have set up 318 schools listening clubs, each with 5 boys, 5 girls, 10 parents and 5 other teachers. There are an additional 20 listening clubs, in teacher training college. These clubs enable us to work with 8,950 people each week. The radio station estimates that each broadcast is listened to by 500,000 Malawians.
Our endline surveys show gains of nearly 50% in teachers’ ability to use condoms and negotiate safe sex. There was also an increase in HIV Testing. Our radio project endline showed clubs helped learners feel they could trust their teachers in matters surrounding sexual health with a 21.7% increase.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Over the next 3 years, we will train another 7,200 pre-service teachers in college in participatory, empathetic pedagogy.
We will increase the numbers of schools listening clubs to 600, enabling us to reach 15,000 direct beneficiaries each week and through active empathy, promote behaviour change and advocacy of sexual and reproductive health issues and gender equality
We will build the capacity of our radio team, ensuring the broadcast remains fresh, relevant and continues to attract more listeners.
We will scale up the use of participatory radio by exploring its use and launching the project in other Southern African countries.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
As our projects develop and we reach more beneficiaries, our challenge will be to preserve the deep impact and excellent quality of delivery. Our radio broadcasts are specifically designed to use our approach of active empathy through the listening calling in and participating; as we scale up the work this element will remain at its heart.
We have a rigorous monitoring and evaluation procedure. Each of our newly qualified teachers are mentored and assessed by more experienced teachers, trained by TfaC. This helps ensure the quality of participatory in-class teaching and supports the establishment and management of listening clubs.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
In the next six months we will support our latest cohort of teachers take their awareness of empathy and participation into thei
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Training of new cohort of pre-service teachers. Expand reach and impact of listening groups. Begin international scale up.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
The ‘Aha!’ moment was in a teacher training college, where a group of young teachers had just performed the true story of a girl who was sexually abused by a teacher. Shockingly, there was laughter in the audience, particularly among the young men. The facilitator asked if anyone would like to help the protagonist, by taking her role. Silence, with the occasional giggle. Then one young woman made her way from the back of the hall, past all of her male colleagues, to come and take the part of the protagonist – she replayed the scene with the teacher, and this time firmly asserted her rights not be abused, and threatened to report him if he didn’t leave her alone. This was empathy in action.