By playing a creative and active role in nourishing social, political and economic transformation, the Africa Centre believes that academic institutions can make a realistic difference and be instrumental in positive transformation in the world around them. Thus, apart from academic and research programmes, the Centre promotes HIV/Aids community interaction initiatives. The Africa Centre believes that HIV/Aids awareness and prevention messages through community interaction initiatives must be stronger, continuous and more creative – now more than ever.
In line with its philosophy for its community interaction initiatives to be stronger, continuous and more creative, the Centre developed a fresh approach to HIV/Aids related education programmes through its
Filled with humour and popular music while providing the essential facts about HIV/Aids – especially as research done on farms in the Boland found that HIV/Aids-related knowledge levels were alarmingly low – these theatre models have proven to be powerful intervention vehicles. They create general awareness, increase knowledge about HIV/Aids, promote HIV testing, address safer and responsible sexual and moral behaviour aimed at preventing infection and tackle discrimination and stigma. Feedback after performances shows that audiences are better informed, more motivated to change their behaviour in regards to safer sex measures such as condomizing, being faithful, and treating people with compassion and respect where HIV/Aids is concerned. The Africa Centre’s educational theatre interventions have been enthusiastically received on farms, and by schools, churches and businesses alike.
Burt Davis or Jane Abrahams
Tel: +27 21 808 3006
Fax: +27 21 808 3015
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Stellenbosch University, Africa Centre for
HIV/Aids Management, Private Bag X1,
Matieland, 7602, South Africa