SAfAIDS opens a Young4Real YPISA Summit in Harare
HARARE, 28 July 2016 (SAfAIDS Media) - Forty Young People Information Services Advocates (YPISAs) are gathered in Harare to attend a SAfAIDS Young 4 Real, Making the Rights Choices Summit. Representing South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the YPISAs have been brought together to learn from each other on the key approaches that they can use to mobilize young people in Sexual and Reproduc tive Health Rights Programming.
Juliet Mkaronda, SAfAIDS Tea Leader for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, HIV Prevention and Youth Programmes indicated that they saw it fit to bring the young people together so that they can standardize their YPISA programme across the region through a refresher course on the roles and responsibilities of YPISA champions in information dissemination, advocacy and referrals to SRHR services.
The YPISAs will also have their capacity built on leadership and their general conduct as they serve as role models to other young people in their respective countries.
Welcoming the YPISAs, Communications Manager, Tariro Makanga-Chikumbirike implored on the young people to use this opportunity to learn and share how they can make a difference in the lives of their communities and countries in general. She emphasized that as young people, they must embrace their rights, but make sure they come with responsibility. She implored on them to practice excellence in their personal and professional lives.
The Summit is also being attended by teachers who accompanied in-school YPISAS, a Representative from the Department of Education in South Africa as well as the Chivi District Schools Inspector in Zimbabwe.
It will run from 28th - 29th July 2016.