This manual was designed to support the GRN-UNICEF Youth Health and Development Programme with the aim of sustaining My Future is My Choice graduates and other young people's peer education activities. It was written and reviewed in a three-day workshop in November 1999 and in the following weeks with assistance from participating organizations including AIDS Care Trust, Catholic AIDS action, the National Youth Council of Namibia, Polytechnic of Namibia, the University of Namibia and UNICEF. It was revised by UNICEF Namibia in July 2001. Young people can make a difference in their schools and their communities. To ensure a bright future, young people are taking an active role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this handbook is to help AIDS Awareness Clubs become active and strong by providing advice on club management and activity planning, as well as by providing ideas for club activities. By giving basic information about HIV/AIDS and by creating support networks, AIDS Awareness Clubs can have a positive influence on young people. Participation in AIDS Awareness Clubs can empower young people to make responsible decisions about their sexual health so that they can avoid HIV infection. Activities can also help the club members to develop better communication skills so they can pass on information to their friends. Also important, AIDS Awareness Clubs can be very effective in spreading the HIV prevention message to all members of the school and community. AIDS Awareness Clubs should try to include youth that are out of school in their activities.
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