In addition to governments, institutions and NGOs working to disseminate the TeachAIDS software worldwide, passionate youth also play a critical role in promoting knowledge gains to young people globally.
Disappointed by the alarming HIV rates around the world, high school student Sungmin Lee wanted to take action to bring comprehensive education to young people in her community. After learning about the research-based methods of TeachAIDS, she pulled together a team of young people at the Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies in South Korea to lead an effort to support the TeachAIDS localization work.
As part of a large festival at her school, Lee set up a stall to accomplish two goals — work toward raising knowledge levels around issues of human health while simultaneously raising funds to further support the mission of TeachAIDS. Lee said her team’s efforts drew great interest from their peers.
“Since this was my first time fundraising, I was very nervous. I didn't know how many students would come … how many would have interests in my activities. However, my friend and I publicized actively, and some students came. I explained them why I was raising money and how TeachAIDS has been developing wonderful materials for AIDS education. As I kept on explaining, more and more students joined the talk. They were impressed, and many bought bracelets and joined the board games to support this great cause.”
- Sungmin Lee, high school student in South Korea
This is yet another story of a passionate young person, dissatisfied with the status quo, who took matters into their own hands to make a difference. Other mavericks include students at Arapahoe High School in Colorado who designed a series of innovative events to support the development of the Kannada version of the TeachAIDS software. Similarly, students at Clark High School in Texas hosted an educational intervention to highlight the TeachAIDS model at a local public library.
TeachAIDS applauds the initiative of Sungmin Lee and young people like her who thoughtfully support efforts to improve health education globally.
Photo: Bracelets created by students at Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies in South Korea to raise funds for TeachAIDS.