By Geraldine Kauma and Annika McGinnis
It’s International Youth Day! How has Reach Out Mbuya involved youth in the fight against HIV and AIDS?
One initiative in ROM’s Community Department empowers youth to teach other youth about preventing HIV, through unusual means – namely, songs, stories and drama.
On 7th July, Reach Out Mbuya held a Music, Dance and Drama competition where schools in Kampala shared HIV prevention messages through speeches, original compositions and dramatic plays. The participating schools were challenged to come up with the most creative and entertaining ways to express HIV prevention messages.
The winner of the competition was Luzira Senior Secondary School, a public school with more than 1,700 students that is aided by the government in the Universal Secondary Education scheme. The students were awarded with a prize bull, which they roasted in celebration on 3rd August.
The Reach Out competition also paved way for the school to compete in the national-level competitions under the Ugandan Ministry of Health’s theme of “harnessing young people’s potential for socio-economic development” under Vision 2040. Nationally, the school won 2nd Runners Up. The students will now proceed to Kenya to perform in the Kenya National Music Festival. The competitions are currently being held in the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi County. They will end 20th August.
From the students’ humble origins at Reach Out Mbuya’s competitions, expressing HIV/AIDS prevention messages through music, dance and drama, the Luzira Senior Secondary School has gone on to represent all of Uganda in this Kenya-based competition. Let’s wish them luck!