Changing methods of informing about HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS Centre and Drama for Life partnered to find an innovative way to teach the youth about sexual health and social justice at the Lover + Another workshop.

The workshop was held at the Durban University of Technology’s Winterton Residence.  Discussions ranged from gender roles, to correct use of contraceptives such as condoms. Factual run-downs of the statistics around HIV/AIDS and gender issues were followed by interactive exercises delving into norms, cultures and values.

National co-ordinator and project manager of the Drama for Life organisation Leonie Olge said the intention of the workshop is to inform and get the message out there, because these issues are still prevalent in the society.

There will also be a poetry competition by the Lover + Another campaign which is a branch from the Drama for Life campaign.

“People tend to turn away when you mention HIV/AIDS education so this is our way of getting to the masses through a different tool. Poetry is a marginalised form of art that is provocative and evokes emotions and thoughts therefore it is perfect to use as a means to educate ourselves”, said Olge.

The auditions will be held at the Winterton Residence from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Co-ordinator at the DUT student counselling and healths HIV/AIDS centre Melusi Dlamini said the competition is an effort to change methods of educating people, especially the youth.

“It will be a closed audition and participants can come with whatever material they have, it doesn’t have to be an AIDS related poem. We want them to be as comfortable as possible and put their best foot forward”, said Dlamini.

Dlamini said much more innovation and fieldwork can be expected from the HIV/AIDS centre.


By: Naledi Sikhakhane

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