"Spread the News!"
Organized by: Dione Peart
. Mozambique is facing one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in Africa. In addition Maputo Province remains the province in Mozambique with the highest percentage of HIV/AIDS cases in the country. Besides the health education students receive in school, information about transmission, prevention and locations that those infected can get help is not information that is spread freely within the village. Even with many efforts to publicly combat HIV/AIDS there is still a taboo surrounding the open discussion of the virus. We would like begin to break down the barriers blocking conversation by helping the population learn and transmit information while gaining skills that will help our students have more successful futures. Spread the News is a project designed to allow our target group to gain information about HIV/AIDs, gain computer skills and transmit that information in a journalistic forum.
Key Objectives: 1) Within 6 months the 30 students of the Spread the News program will have gained important information about the prevention, treatment and available help to combat HIV/AIDS and be able to relay that information to the community. 2) Within 6 months the 30 students of the Spread the News program will have gained basic computer skills in order to type and publish a journal with useful information for the community about what they have learned about HIV/AIDS. 3) Within 6 months the 30 students of the Spread the News program will have gained computer literacy skills making them more competitive candidates for employment.
3. Our target group of participants will be between the ages of 15 and 30, both men and women infected and not infected with HIV/AIDS. Our activities will include lessons in computer technology skills and journalism in order for students to gain computer literacy and then create a journal where they can spread information about the causes, preventions and stories about HIV /Aids in their community. After attending this course students will have gained basic computer skills as well as interviewing, researching, typing, journalism skills.
5. At the end of 6 months 15 students in our classes will demonstrate increased knowledge about HIV/AIDS and increased basic computer skills knowledge by publishing a journal with information about the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS. As well as updated information about locations for treatment and counseling. These journals will be distributed to the community.