On 8 August 2015, the UN CARES programme organized a learning session for the UN staff dependents 10 – 19 years old. The overall objective of the learning session for the UN staff dependents was to create awareness within this target group regarding to sexual reproductive health and HIV, its risks, vulnerabilities, measures for prevention and existing stigma and discrimination around the disease.
As this learning session was targeted to young boys and girls, participatory learning methods were prioritized during the session in order to promote active participation, sharing of ideas and experiences and to allow for easy understanding of the information being disseminated.
The session consisted of Arts and cultural activities such as theatre, traditional dance, painting, music and poetry, all related to the theme of HIV and sexual reproductive health. The session was facilitated by Grupo do Teatro do Oprimido (GTO) and was carried out at DISPENSÁRIO from 08:00 AM – 13:45. The session was well attended by about 110 participants, dependents of staff from 11 agencies, of which 68 were 15 – 19 years old and the remaining 42 from the 10 – 14 years old category. The top four UN agencies in terms of participation in the event were FAO, WFP, UNDP and UNICEF.
The session started with a 30 min movie titled "TPC – Nosso trabalho sobre SIDA" provided by UNFPA. This movie gave the basics about HIV prevention and Stigma and Discrimination around the disease. After the movie, the participants were divided into two groups according to their ages for additional reflection about the movie and also the preparation of different cultural activities that were presented in the end of the session.
At the end of the session, the participants presented their activities such as a song with HIV related lyrics, poem and plays presenting typical examples of stigma and discrimination. There were also some entertainment activities such as traditional dance (Xigubo), use of traditional music instruments (Timbila and others) where the participants were actively involved.
Report submitted By: Cláudio Julaia, Emergency and HIV Analyst, United Nations in Mozambique