Fema Clubs & Networks
Femina Hip’s Fema Clubs represent the core of our activity and our core audience.
We encourage all Fema schools and recipients of the magazine to set up active Fema Clubs. To date (September 2018) we have 2344 registered
Fema Clubs throughout every region of Tanzania. These Fema Clubs are in secondary schools, Folk Development Colleges, and out of school ones run by our civil society partners. The Fema Clubs program aims to create more focused engagement with our Fema Magazine content and promote youth leadership, teamwork, volunteering, and life skills. These clubs act as embryos of civil society organizing, fostering the next generation of change-makers.
Each Fema Club must register with Femina Hip, create a club constitution and choose their youth leader. Each school selects a teacher (mentor) who oversees and facilitates the activities and discussions in the Fema Clubs. Femina Hip trains hundreds of teachers on an annual basis on our Active Learning methodology, as well as how to better support their clubs. Once established, the clubs are asked to regularly report back to Femina Hip on their activities so that we know what they are achieving..
To stimulate Fema Clubs engagement we feature ‘club challenge activities’ in each magazine. These challenges stimulate conversation and growth by engaging clubbers through debate, drama, and community/club projects, all fostering peer education. We incentivize these activities with awards and recognition to motivate increased participation.
The level of self-organization of our Fema Clubs has greatly increased over the last several years. Many clubs now take the initiative and forming Fema Clubs Networks at the district, regional, and zonal levels. The largest of these networks is comprised of over 80 individual clubs! We now have active Fema Clubs Networks initiating activity on their own in 8 regions throughout Tanzania, including: Mwanza, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Iringa, Ruvuma, Rukwa, Dar es Salaam and Mtwara. Fema Clubs Networks are identifying themes they are passionate about, mobilizing their own funds, and putting on successful activities, festivals, and events that engage their peers and community leaders. We are not just inviting clubs to participate in our own events; now they are inviting us to theirs!
For students who graduate from our Fema Clubs and Networks and go on to university we have created a Fema University Network to facilitate continued engagement and participation with our platform. In the future, this network will become the main source from which we will recruit for our Femina Hip Volunteer and Internship Programs.