"GRADUATE ALIVE" HIV/AIDS CAMPAIGN

1. The Graduate Alive programme

The aim of Graduate Alive programme is to increase youth awareness regarding HIV/AIDS and reduce the new HIV infections rate amongst the youth. To achieve this objective an integrated multi faceted strategy has been adopted. The various mechanisms that are utilised include the use of Peer Education programmes, traditional communication mediums and making optimal use of innovative technological solutions like Websites, Mobisites as well as through the use of SMS/MMS campaigns.

1.1 Objectives of Graduate Alive
The project was designed for implementation in three previously selected universities by Family Health International (FHI). They are:

• University of Limpopo ( MEDUNSA campus)
• University of Free State (QWA QWA Campus)
• University of the Western Cape

The objectives of the pilot phase of Graduate Alive were to:

  • To develop HIV/AIDS related material for dissemination among students and among youth
  • To train at least 40 peer educators and coordinators on behaviour change communication (BCC), the ABC approach and Life Skills at each of the 3 universities.
  • To provide on and off site support to the trained peers and follow up with a refresher course towards the end of the project
  • To identify and utilize other communication platforms to maximize the project’s reach to students and youth in and around the selected campuses.

Going forward the strategic focus of Graduate Alive would be as follows;

1.2 Sexual Health Awareness Peer Educators (SHAPE)
To strengthen the Peer Education programme developed during the pilot phase. The emphasis of which was interpersonal communication to reinforce reproductive health messages from mass media. These helped the youth translate knowledge into healthy lifestyles, including Abstinence, Being Faithful and using Condoms.

1.2.1 Moving Forward with Graduate Alive
The first step in moving forward with Graduate Alive programme is to take an in depth analysis of the pilot phase.
The overall goal of this analysis is to improve the quality of the peer education programme and its contribution to HIV/AIDS prevention. Specific consultation objectives include the identification of:

  • Programme components, best practices and principles of peer education programmes that are effective in modifying knowledge, attitudes, communication, and risk behaviours related to HIV/AIDS and/or reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS;
  • Gaps in knowledge and priority areas for operations research related to HIV/AIDS peer education;
  • Mechanisms for disseminating consultation findings and for continued exchange of information and resources on HIV/AIDS peer education.

 


Our Vision

To meaningfully contribute towards producing skilled youth who are conscious of their responsibility to build a united and prosperous South Africa.

Our Mission

  • To position ourselves as a socially conscious youth trust that prides itself with contributing to projects that uplift the lives of youth in our country.
  • To champion youth development programmes that build capacity and create opportunities for young people and the youth movement.
  • To attack the scourges of gender inequality and racism through an active promotion of patriotism and equality amongst youth