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"HIV/AIDS is the
first epidemic of a totally new disease since the 1400s. … HIV/AIDS is the leading infectious disease threat in
the world today, outpacing the next most important infectious diseases, tuberculosis and malaria, two to one."

- Susan Hunter, anthropologist-demographer,
consultant to world health organizations

March 20, 2008:

Mzuzu, Malawi, Africa. SAFE's Director of Education, Moira Chimombo, was in Mzuzu last week to finalize the development of a Pastoral and Congregational Care Training Manual, she wrote with input from various workshops for the pastors, women's leaders, and youth leaders in the churches, including Presbyterian (CCAP--the main impetus), United Methodist, Assemblies of God, Roman Catholic. Now, she reports, the church leaders have a resource book with information on all aspects of HIV/AIDS: transmission, prevention, treatment, and impact mitigation. They also have a range of training activities to help them train members of their congregations.

While there, Moira was asked to help develop new Sunday School materials for the whole of Livingstonia Synod, which covers the entire Northern Region of Malawi, and which they hope to share with Nkhoma Synod (Central Region) and Blantyre Synod (Southern Region) of the CCAP (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian) church. This will involve SAFE staff, Mary Phiri, Irene Chaluluka, and Moira providing input for the different age groups, from preschool up through adolescence!

February 26, 2008:

Zomba, Malawi, Africa. The first-year (freshmen) students at Chancelor College (University of Malawi) are given a three-week orientation to life in college. For the first time this year, all six, two-hour sessions of our "WHY WAIT? Truth for Youth" course for college students were included. Of the 579 students listed as accepted for courses at Chancellor College, 495 attended at least one of the sessions, and almost 75% attended at least 5 of the 6 sessions. The feedback has been very favorable, and we're looking forward to seeing more positive long term benefits, with fewer dropping out due to behavior or academic problems induced by alcohol or drug abuse, or promiscuity.

November 18, 2007:

Lesotho, Africa. Prof Moira Chimombo, WHY WAIT?'s Director of Education spoke to a group of 49 National University of Lesotho (NUL) student leaders on HIV/AIDS in the university. She learned from the participants (the Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Students were also present) NUL is in the process of developing a university level HIV/AIDS policy. Voluntary Counseling and Testing is available, but many students distrust the level of confidentiality of the nurses/counselors. ARVs are due to be available soon.

Moira conducted with the students the simulation "If pillows could talk ..." (adapted from Focus on the Family's No apologies: The truth about life, love, and sex), after which she showed the video Silent Epidemic, which gives graphic images of the signs and symptoms of numerous sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chancroid, and of course AIDS, in Africa. (The video was shot in Kenya and Malawi.)

The speaker after Professor Chimombo, Dr Akpan, spoke in more detail on sexually transmitted infections. The subsequent discussion was very open. It is hoped that NUL will be interested in having SAFE train lecturers to run the tertiary WW? course next year.

November 11-15, 2007:

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Association of Christian Schools International conference in Francophone, Africa was attended by 57 participants from 10 countries: Central African Republic, Chad, DRC, France, Gabon, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, and South Africa.

Prof Moira Chimombo, WHY WAIT?'s Director of Education gave presentations on Biblical worldview, How to teach Christianly, and the integration of Biblical worldview into all subjects in the curriculum. Moira reports,
" I helped English-speaking presenters with editing French translations, and with simultaneous translation of French presentations, and the French presenter with Power Point animations.

I talked to Monseigneur Nyamuke about the need for Christian teacher training in the DRC and learned that the Christian universities do NOT have Faculties of Education. It appears there is only professional secondary teacher training and certification, not at primary level. In discussing with Gavin Brettenny (Harvest Institute, Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and Samson Makhado (Regional Director, ACSI-Africa), we thought maybe initially Harvest Institute could offer a certificate, while waiting for the universities to open Faculties of Education. I expressed my willingness to serve as a “consultant.”

"On 15 November, I presented the Morning Devotion at Ecole de Shaumba, to 1200 girls—I took the mirror activity, the story of the leper (Mark 1:40-45), and “you’re special” from Year 9, Lesson 1. I presented the WW? PowerPoint (in French) again on 15 November, to the conference. I then identified people who volunteered to be translators of WW? curriculum (Jerome Manzeze from DRC [Years 9-12], Jean Balizou from Central African Republic [Years 5-8], and Anne-Marie Jayer from Mali [Teacher’s Handbook]) to translate WW? materials.

"I spent time talking to Samson Makhado (Regional Director, ACSI-Africa) and Anna-Marie Russell (ACSI) about Christian schools in Malawi and elsewhere in Africa, and also how to get WHY WAIT? into Christian schools in the whole of Africa. In particular, Samson is arranging to draw up a partnership agreement between ACSI-Africa and SAFE with a view to WW? becoming ACSI-Africa’s Life Skills curriculum in Africa. He also wants us (i.e. SAFE with ACSI-Africa) to get funding for printing WW? in French for Francophone Africa and in English for Anglophone Africa.

November 9, 2007:

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Prof Moira Chimombo, WHY WAIT?'s Director of Education, presented WW? PowerPoint (in French) to Pre-Conference of 150+ School Principals and Education Coordinators in the afternoon.

October 31, 2007:

Zomba, Malawi. This evening on the Chancellor College campus of the University of Malawi, 121 of the best and brightest of the student body received certificates recognizing their completion of the WHY WAIT? Truth for Youth college level course. In addition, 47 of this number were also received Certificates for completing the Why Wait? Teacher Training and received their training manuals.

It was an energetic evening which featured impassioned speeches by 2 students, the president of the university and WHY WAIT?'s Education Director, Prof Moira Chimombo, preceeding the presentation of certificates.

Brief History:

WHY WAIT? Africa was initially presented in 1992 at the first annual weeklong Uganda Youth Conference, hosted by First Lady Janet Museveni.  In 1993, the Malawi Ministry of Education requested Sub-Saharan Africa Family Enrichment (SAFE) to develop an African-oriented curriculum addressing sexual abstinence, life skills and character development that could be used in schools to help address HIV/AIDS.  The program was launched nationally at a convocation of 3,000 students and 500 teachers hosted by State President Bakili Muluzi at Sanjika Palace in 1995.
SAFE was registered as a non-governmental organization in 1993. The initial WHY WAIT? Secondary Curriculum was developed in 1994, field-tested in 1994-95, and revised in 1995-96. Implementation at the secondary level, throughout the country, started in 1996, although both primary and secondary teachers and trainers had already been trained in Active Learning Methodology from 1994-95. The primary curriculum was developed in 1998, field-tested in 1999-2000, and revised in 2001-03. Implementation at the primary level started in Zomba and Blantyre Districts in 2003.
SAFE continues to partner with the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Malawi. SAFE staff has now developed an eight-year curriculum (grades 5 through 12), which is composed of the following:

  • Teacher’s Guides for each of the eight years, consisting of 30 lessons per year at Standards 5-7, 26 lessons at Standard 8; 28 lessons per year at Forms 1-3, and 26 lessons at Form 4. The secondary curriculum has both lessons and background information, providing teachers with more knowledge on the subject matter.
  • Trainer’s Manual, an 80-page manual for the Trainers of Teachers (Junior TOTs) and Trainers of Trainers (Senior TOTs)
  • Teacher’s Handbook, on the “What? Why? And How?” is a 163 page manual to assist the teachers on implementation of the lessons, goals, objectives, key concepts, teaching and learning styles, child abuse, and child rights.
The WHY WAIT? Truth for Youth Life Skills curricula has been written in Africa for Africa, and is culturally, age and gender appropriate.



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