Participants Get Peer Educators Certificates

| May 4, 2015

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) and the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture (MYSC) have awarded the Botswana National Service Programme (BNSP) participants certificates as peer educators.

In an interview on the side-lines of the recent awards ceremony in Francistown, SCB client service manager and also the HIV and AIDS champion at Nzano Branch in Francistown, Ms Leungo Tumagole said they had prioritised HIV and AIDS awareness education since 1999.

She said this was aimed at reducing the spread of new infections by giving people the facts to make safer lifestyle choices.Ms Tumagole stated that as part of their commitment to eradicate the stigma around the HIV and AIDS issue, they have joined forces with the MTV Staying Alive Foundations (MTV SAF).

“Through our exciting new partnerships, we have decided to fund projects that are delivering tangible on the ground support such as providing HIV test, distributing condoms, educating young people about HIV and AIDS and training peer educators ,” said Ms Tumagole.

Giving an overview of the programme, the curriculum and training manager of young ones, Ms Thato Letsomo said their organisation is evidence based and teaches HIV education and inter generational relationships among students.

She said they have received a small grant from MTV SAF through SCB with the support of the MYSC, National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) and other stakeholders to pilot the programme.

Ms Letsomo further mentioned that they are happy that BNSP, or Tirelo Setshaba Participants as they are commonly called, came up with the idea of information dissemination to the students to change their behaviour.

She said their aim was to reach out to 1 500 students from junior secondary school level in Selebi-Phikwe, Chobe and the greater Francistown, but due to challenges also encountered by those at primary school level, they decided to slot them on their programme.

In addition, she said through their piloting programme, they managed to reach out to over 4000 students in 14 working days. She highlighted that the programme has proven to have worked for Kenya and reduced teenage pregnancy by 28 per cent.

Source: BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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