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Stigma Out of Agricultural colleges games' Report (3rd - 5th of
Students And Youths Working on reproductive Health Action Team
August 01, 2005
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Students And Youths Working on reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT)
was formed in 2003 as a result of the need for a reproductive health
forum for the students and youths in Zimbabwe that will engender
consciousness and active participation on reproductive health and
creating a common platform for the students and youths for open
discussion and lobbying collective positions on reproductive health
issues at national level.
In brief, SAYWHAT
was founded on the following objectives:-
- Develop and
advocate collective positions on policy and other related issues
with special emphasis on reproductive health.
- Promote forums
for coordination and information sharing amongst students and
- Raise consciousness
within the students and youths on current developments within
the reproductive health sector through some discussion forums.
- Tap out consciousness
amongst students and youths into active consciousness on reproductive
- Engage the
government on positions and issues of common concern amongst the
students and youths on reproductive health.
- Lobby and
advocate collectively on treatment (access to drugs) and Gender
resolved into one basic principle
- To develop
students and youths who are healthy, socially adjusted and economically
the financial assistance from Community Working Group on Health
(CWGH) participated in the Agricultural Games with aim of kicking
out stigma from Agricultural Games hence the theme Kicking Stigma
out of Agricultural Colleges.
Colleges has always been left out of a number of activities and
programmes that are done in other tertiary institutions. This has
caused the absence of health education or peer educators in these
colleges. This maybe because of the nature of their studies but
if one is to look into that can come into conclusion that they really
need more of health information than anything else. The nature of
their studies requires a lot of strength hence the need of good
health. Besides during their on-job training (industrial attachment)
they interact with the farming community where the rate of sexually
transmitted diseases are rampant making it necessary for the Agric
College students to be prepared for that.
the opportunity to reach out to all Agricultural colleges. There
were seven colleges including the hosts Kushinga Phikelela Agric
Colleges. The main objective of SAYWHAT in participating in the
games was to include all the Agricultural Colleges in the fight
against stigma and the reproductive health activities. SAYWHAT discovered
the importance of the Agric college students in the figh against
HIV/AIDS in general.
The games took
place in Marondera at Kushinga Phikelela Agric College in Mashonaland
East Province. The teams arrived on the 2nd of March
2005 allowing the participants to rest and some actually did some
final preparations on the arrival day. The games started on the
3rd and ended on the 5th of March 2005. The
colleges competed in different sports like volleyball, basketball,
athletics, netball and soccer.
strategically so that they are able to do Advocacy, Information
dissemination, Peer counselling, Condom use Demonstrations and Edutainment.
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