The Rural Women Development Center (RUWDEC) combined efforts with local schools to educate dozens of students about HIV prevention in Buea, Cameroon. RUWDEC is local non-governmental organization that operates in the Southwest region of Cameroon. RUWDEC seeks to promote and enhance economic growth through social organization, project development, community health management, natural resource management, information technology, training and appropriate land use. In addition, the NGO provides critical HIV and AIDS information through education sessions for young people in schools and communities.
Nelly Shella, an educator with RUWDEC, implemented an HIV education workshop attended by dozens of students between the ages of 9 and 15. Students gathered during their club period to learn this critical prevention information. The instructors played the TeachAIDS software on a classroom computer screen, as students crowded on chairs and on the floor to learn together. As the animations progressed, youth in attendance expressed their enthusiasm for the materials. The educators then facilitated an extended discussion with their learners, as they engaged in discourse around how to protect themselves and their communities from further infection.
“The TeachAIDS animative program has been a great tool to facilitate discussions on HIV/AIDS. It was highly appreciated by youths, as they got engaged in discussions and expressed their feeling of how this program has helped them to better understand HIV/AIDS,” said Nelly Shella, an educator with RUWDEC. “The blend of this material with other training materials gives a perfect outreach package. [The students] were particularly impressed by the use of the triangle test to illustrate the various modes of transmission.”
As a result of the workshop’s success, the Rural Women Development Center (RUWDEC) will implement TeachAIDS materials into future educational campaigns, including World AIDS Day programming and their Youth4AIDS program.
TeachAIDS commends the efforts of these passionate educators for arming local youth with the much needed tools to improve human health.
Photo: The Rural Women Development Center (RUWDEC) brings TeachAIDS to students in Buea, Cameroon.