«Trainers of Trainer» Program: A Possible Channel for Kenyan National Anti-HIV/ AIDS Campaign and Slum Girls
Presenter: Wu Di
Theme: The Role of Education in Meeting Global Challenges
I went to Kenya, a country that has more than 2 million HIV-positive people, as a voluntary HIV/AIDS awareness educator last summer. The Kenyan government has developed preferable policies for people in the anti-HIV/AIDS campaign, such as providing free tests and medicine, and organizing training sessions for consultants, yet the result may not be as effective as expected. The underprivileged young girls living slums do not receive enough attention and information needed.
It is the time to find a new way of empowering those girls with knowledge as well as living skills. So I designed and implemented a series of self-empowerment forums for slum girls with the help of my colleagues when I was there. The forums included public speaking, self expression and sex education with HIV/ AIDS prevention knowledge.
I propose an updated project aiming at channeling the National Anti-HIV/AIDS campaign and the vulnerable group which is often ignored. The project consists of sessions on presentation skills and skit play as what we did in 2008, VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) Center visit, basic counseling lectures, and HIV/AIDS awareness classes, etc. It has a low-cost budget which can change the life of many slum girls and hopefully can be promoted to other countries in the battle against HIV/AIDS.