High school students in Harare stepped up for a one day festival hosted by Jibilika Dance Trust as they commemorated World AIDS Day at Morgan High School.
The show featured high school students from Glen Norah 2 High, Young Africa Group, The Rhythm family and poetic individuals.
The young stars theatre provided a perfect blend of education and entertainment. mobilizing young people in the fight against HIV and AIDS by raising awareness and giving them life skills through a positive youth culture of dance and music. The ‘Step Up to HIV Annual Festival’ encourages young people to step up and teach each other to make a difference. Campaigning for an HIV-free generation for the near future, the young people said that it’s possible if they work together.
The festival featured drama, poetry, dance and music, spreading an educational message to boys and girls about sugar daddies, elderly men who may want to abuse them, abuse generally and issues surrounding circumcision.
It also provided young people the opportunity to use their own art, media, communication styles and ideas to make a difference in their homes, schools, and communities.
One exciting drama showcased at the festival by talented Glenora 2 High School students was entitled ‘Kushungurudzwa Kwevana’ (Child Abuse). It was written by McDonald Nyarirangwe and Simbarashe Chitere. This play taught about how to report abuse.
Morgan High Deputy Head Gardener Chikore was pleased to have let the students attend the show and miss their Friday lessons, saying the show gave students an understanding of important HIV/AIDS related issues.
“We noticed that this will be educative to our children so we released them to participate,” said Chikore.
Established in 2007, Jibilika Dance Festival is a social enterprise which promotes the development of popular culture mainly hip-hop for engagement, empowerment and development of youth.
World AIDS Day is commemorated every 1 December. This year commemorations were influenced under the theme Shared responsibility: strengthening results for an AIDS-Free Generation.