Mozambique has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world. We know that education is key to changing the situation and empowering children to claim their rights to a life free of the disease. To support this, we established 15 children’s clubs in a number of primary schools in communities where we work, to enhance the students’ knowledge about these subjects.
Every Saturday morning, students from grades five to seven meet at the school to discuss child rights, sexual and reproductive health and the negative aspects of child marriage. They also learn life skills to prepare them for adult life and take part in fun activities such as sports, theatre and play.
The sessions are conducted by 30 youth faciliators, who we trained in partnership with CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, a Dutch organisation. The 15 men and 15 women, aged 18 to 20, were taught how to facilitate the sessions, were given hands-on practical exercises, and learned more about the topics they would be discussing with the students.
Dinamarcia, 20, is one of the facilitators, who attended four of the training sessions.
''I’ve learnt a lot during the trainings,'' she added. ''For example I’ve learned that laughter can be a way to break down barriers and talk about taboo subjects. I also know more about the issues of child marriage. My goal is to work towards ending child marriage and to advocate for child rights through the children’s clubs.''