James Stanley Namalira

James Stanley Namalira - 2019 Nominee
Position: Southern Africa coordinator
Organization: Educate- Her
Current Location: Africa, Malawi, Africa
Bachelors in Theology from College for Global Deployment, USA
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Science Honours Degree in Sociology and Gender Development Studies- Women University in Africa (pending)
Masters in Public Health with EUCLID University (Uni People student).
Diploma in Psychosocial Counseling- SCIM Distance College, Netherlands
• Primary Teaching Certificate (T2) - Lilongwe Teacher Training College
• Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Development- Center for Early Childhood Development in Malawi and Ministry of Gender.
• Youth Friendly Health Services- Ministry of Health
• Youth Friendly Health Services & Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights- Village Reach& International Planned Parenthood.
• Monitoring and Evaluation- Mathematics Department Chancellor College.
• Research Assistant and Supervisor- SRH Department College of Medicine.
• Concept Development and Resource Mobilization Chancellor College.
• Fundamentals of Youth Development- Jubilee University.
• ICH Good Clinical Practice E6 (R2) Certificate- The Global Health Network
• Research Ethics Certificate- The Global Health Network
• Girl Centered Advocacy CSO training- Rise Up/ Public Health Institute-
• Eco Inclusive Enterprises Development- Seed Starter.
• Working with trauma- Umwana Vzw.
• Community Mentor- Coursera.
• ICFP2018 Participation- John Hopkins
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Civic Leadership
    Awarding Organization:
    YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa
    Date Awarded:
    May 30, 2017
  • Award:
    Enhancing Democracy and Transpareny2017 YALI Techcamp Reconnect 2019
    Awarding Organization:
    YALI TechCamp, US Department of States in Partnership with Co- Creation Hub
    Date Awarded:
    April 28, 2017
  • Award:
    Mandela Peace Institute, Yala citizen Journalism & New Media
    Awarding Organization:
    Yala Academy & Aillen Ghetty School of Citizen Journalisml
    Date Awarded:
    December 27, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Co- founder Educate Her, Malawi Coordinator for SRHR coordinator for Likhubula Youth Organisation, served in the AU Youth Advisory Board and the ICFP2018 Youth Mentor. Former Advisor for Village Reach CCPF 4 Adolescents. – Carol Phiri, Country Director at African NGOs Development Network
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As coordinator for Educate Her, an alliance of 60 Youth Led/focused Community Based organisations in 15 Eastern & Southern Africa have managed to set up country chapters where members share best practices, on how to keep girls in school supported by boys and men. As SARSYC coordinator, the organizers of the 3rd SRHR conference to be hosted by University of Zambia 10- 13 July 2019 with over 300 participants in SRHR field.The conference gives a special focus on the girl child and calls on all stakeholders to join the efforts towards preventing early and unintended pregnancies which usually escalates to unsafe abortions and deaths,whilst ensuring ensuring that girls remain in schools until they complete their education. This calls for strengthening CSE & access to contraception services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Based on the fact that, in Uganda for example, according to the National Strategic Plan for Girls’ Education 2015: two of the major reasons for 40% of Girls’ Dropping out of school in Sub Saharan Africa before reaching 18 years are early marriages and
teenage Pregnancies which are perpetuated by mostly men helped by Boy. Hence I & Educate- her believe that by
having them champion Girls’ being in school and provide SRHR information including Family planning, these challenges will be no more.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

As the consultant AGYW Advisor for CCPF 4 Adolescent Village Reach DREAMS, the project reached over 32,000 AGYW & Youth in Zomba and Machinga with SRHR (including family planning) information. In the AU YAB, I contributed to the review of Youth guide to the MPoA. The guide provides easy to digest and targeted information on the Maputo Plan of Action 2016 -2030 that is particularly useful for young people, youth development practitioners and youth led groups and organizations.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Mentoring young people is the work I started already as ICFP2018 Youth mentor.The grant will help me to train my ICFP mentee, Educate- her mentees and SARSYC Malawi Scholarship participants in advocacy skills to advocate for students & young people’s SRHR. Young people must be empowered to demand for YFHS for themselves and others disregard of their location or vulnerability in Malawi. The platform will also help me to get connected to people I can partner with and share the best practices.

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Nankhunda Secondary School SRHR awareness and demand generation. Youth for Peace Africa- Southern Africa Regional Consultation (Gaborone, Botswana), where I presented Educate- her as a component for peace.e Stand out talk at Machinga Teachers' College mentoring the Teacher trainees how they can they can take part in community services and social media branding. Girls empowerment and SRHR issues are some of the pertinent community services that need teachers' support.

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