Speak Out Advocacy Bash Report
SAfAIDS, in partnership with SAYWHAT conducted a SCORE SPEAK OUT Advocacy Bash at Mafararikwa Secondary School in Marange (Mutare Rural District). 9 Schools participated in the Bash namely St Noah, Mafararikwa, Zvipiripiri, Maponde, Nharira, Holy Ghost, Gonon’ono, Matanda, and Gomorefu. A total of 2, 345 pupils (1, 282 female; 1, 063 male) were reached. The main Advocacy issue for the Speak Out Bash was “Ending Drug and Alcohol Abuse among Adolescents”. School Heads and Teachers present testified that drug and alcohol abuse were on the increase with Marijuana (Mbanje) being the most abused drug even during school time. Abuse of drugs by pupils is manifesting in very rowdy, violent and irresponsible behaviour among pupils. Some pupils are also engaging in early sexual activities under the influence of drugs due to peer pressure. SAYWHAT and SAfAIDS engaged the participants in serious talks on the negative effects of drug abuse and made use of the Peer Pressure Radio Session to drive the topic home. The motto for the Bash was “We are Young for Real; we do not take drugs and alcohol”. School Heads agreed and vowed to take the campaign against drug and alcohol abuse further at their schools by putting in place strict measures against drug and alcohol abuse and by prioritising the topic during Guidance and Counselling lessons.
School pupils enjoying the proceedings as the Mafararikwa School Head addresses them on Drug Abuse during the SAYWHAT SCORE Speak Out Advocacy Bash
Dancing Time-young people dancing during the Mafararikwa SCORE Speak Out Bash