Combating HIV/Aids through peer interaction at UJ
The IOHA has created a group of volunteer students and peer educators, known as LINK, to work among the student population to mitigate the impact of HIV/Aids. The project aims to equip LINK members with applied drama skills and other participatory methods they can use within their community to create dialogue on the topic.
The start of the partnership saw two Themba facilitators/ trainers – Bhekilizwe Ndlovu and Zimele Ndlovu – travel to the UJ Island on the Vaal Dam to take part in LINK member training from March 28 to 30 2012.
The training was done using aspects of applied drama such as script writing, performance, image theatre and storytelling. Members engaged with the topics and appreciated the training as something they could use among their peers.
Themba is also involved with the UJ Residence intervention, where aspects of applied drama are used to create safe spaces for the students to discuss social issues that affect them and their communities, such as homophobia, illegal abortions, date rape, peer pressure and any other topic identified by the students.
While students in general face the same challenges, Themba always seeks to produce tailor-made interventions that take social differences into consideration.