According to The Bridge Project Coordinator, Akhona Sikhakhane, the project continues to give hope and support to young people through HIV prevention and management. “Our project raises awareness about matters relating to HIV and AIDS. The project runs weekly group sessions in various high schools in and around Durban, where we engage in discussions and dialogues “, explained Sikhakhane.
The group sessions unfold with learners speaking and asking questions about various topics such as, Sexual Transmitted Infections (STI), sex, teenage pregnancy and Voluntary Counselling and Testing.
Sikhakhane said leaners show interest in the sessions and enjoy some of the activities that are involved. “We give the learners an opportunity to come up with their own group names. Amongst our groups, we have The Rock Stars and Kings and Queens just to name a few”, said Sikhakhane.
Most of the group sessions at Ntee High School in KwaNdengezi are in the forming and norming stage. “Since we are in these stages some of the learners are still anxious while others are comfortable to talk about sex and HIV related topics”, explained Sikhakhane. She added that the project is firm about promoting and encouraging safe sex, HIV prevention and management in various schools and communities.