“As peer educators, it is our duty to help fight AIDS & GBV within our communities. We need more acceptance and understanding for those living with HIV and to speak out about abuse against women and children… “
16 year-old, Grade 10 learner Sphiwe, is one of HACT’s Senior Peer Educators at Khabazela High School who decided to take a stand and make their voices heard in support of World AIDS Day and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence earlier this week.
Currently completing their second year of HACT’s intensive 3-year Peer Education programme, Sphiwe and his felllow peer educators took the opportunity to share some of the key HIV prevention messaging they have learnt during the course of the year.
“As young leaders, we cannot be silent on these issues. It’s up to us if we want to make a difference…”
By harnessing the positive influence young people can have amongst their peers, HACT’s Peer Education programme is working to develop a generation of young leaders equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to act as proactive agents for social change within their schools and communities.
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