The Story Workshop
Educational Trust - SWET



The purpose of Timasukirane is to promote behaviour change among youth aged 15 to 24 years by increasing awareness on HIV and AIDS, and reproductive health issues. This is under NAC pillar number 1: HIV/AIDS Advocacy and prevention: Information, Education and Communication (IEC); Promotion of safer–sex practices like behaviour change interventions {BCIs}; Abstinence, Being faithful, Condoms {ABC} and HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) services.

52 episodes of Radio Drama and 52 Radio Talk Shows with young people were produced.  It was meant to reduce stigma and discrimination and to address the barriers to behaviour change while promoting a culture of non judgmental openness on issues of HIV.  Radio Listening Clubs were established, trained in Leadership and Theatre for Development.  In addition there were facilitation sessions on how to hold group discussions on issues of HIV and AIDS.

The project’s target population were rural, urban and semi-urban youths aged 15-24 years, school going as well as out of school, both married and single countrywide.

Youth friendly services, including health services, counselling, job training, structured social meetings are limited in semi-urban areas and even less available in rural areas. Community and family support structures were crumbling. Parents govern with a “do what I say” and not “do what I do” which many youth find wanting as they see the promiscuity of their fathers and fatal submissiveness of their mothers. These parental behaviours leave teenagers HIV-AIDS orphans when the parents die and they then have the responsibility of younger brothers and sisters as well as extended family orphans.

Culturally, parents don’t talk to their children about sex and many young people are left to find out what they can go through the channels of gossip, myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings passed from one young person to another. In some rural areas youths are exposed to sexual reproductive issues during initiation ceremonies which sometimes only succeed in imparting in the young minds misleading information, wrong attitudes and harmful practices.

At 2.4 percent prevalence among young males 15-24 years old is lower than their female counterparts at 8.4 percent; furthermore, at 10.9 percent prevalence among young males 23-24 of age is lower than the young females at 17 percent. However, these young men needed specific messages targeting specific behaviours that helped lower the prevalence rate even more and maintain the lower rates as they hit the 30-34 age brackets where prevalence is highest at 20.4 % among males (Nation HIV Prevention Strategy 2009-2013).