January 1994: a ministerial meeting was held in Malawi to discuss the introduction of a guidance and counselling programme in the region. The meeting agreed that a centre of guidance and counselling should be established in Malawi to cater to the needs of young people, particularly girls.

A technical working group, comprising members from the region, was established to implement the ministerial decision and to take responsibility for preparing the programme and the modules for trainers of the trainers from the participating countries. This group met in different countries each year, starting with Malawi.

July 1995: a technical consultation meeting was held in Namibia to review the draft training modules and further explore the concept of guidance and counselling in the African context. The modules have been tested in the participating countries and are now being finalized.

Technical working group meetings have been held in Uganda and Lusaka. In 1996 there were 13 countries in the programme, namely: Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

On 15 July 1996, the Vice-president of Malawi, the Right Honourable Justin Malewezi, launched the first regional training seminar on guidance and counselling. The training programme targets the trainers of trainers.

In November 1996, the programme was launched in Mali for French-speaking countries, namely Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea (Conakry), Niger, Senegal. The Ministers of Education and their technical staff examined the concept of guidance and counselling in the African context as an integral approach to the education of girls and women.