Training in producing HIV/AIDS prevention messages

Public schools in Argentina will participate in a series of 20 workshops on HIV/AIDS and communication as part of the project “Youth, Communication and HIV/AIDS Prevention,” directed by the NGO “Other Voices: Communication for Democracy”, located in Buenos Aires.

The project is a part of the larger programme “Young Media Space”. In the framework of this programme workshops will be organized in the schools and Internet will be used to enhance the regional impact. The following NGOs are potential project’s partners:

  • Casa de la Juventud in Sucre, Bolivia,
  • OCIC-SIGNIS, Bolivia,
  • Agencia de Notícias dos Direitos da Infancia, Brazil,
  • Huancayo, Peru

Each of theses NGOs has its own extensive communication networks in Latin America, which will help to increase the regional impact of the project.

The training materials used for the workshops will be located on the project’s website (www.lasotrasvoces.com.ar) and will be available to any school and NGO in Spanish-speaking countries with an interest in HIV/AIDS issues. The programme directors hope to translate the materials into Portuguese in the future.

“ICT promotes access to comprehensive and reliable youth-friendly information in quest of behavioural changes. Furthermore, it will seek to encourage a spirit of analysis on the part of the youth involved on how to use ICT more actively in the fight against HIV/AIDS and turn these recommendations into concrete preventive actions,” said Silvia Bacher, President of "Other Voices: Communication for Democracy". “We consider that media can help to fight against this problem.”

As part of the larger programme Young Media Space, students have broadcasted their own community prevention productions and analysed the existing media prevention campaigns on HIV/AIDS issues. “Youth, Communication and HIV/AIDS Prevention” will build on the success of these prior experiences in the development of the training materials and workshops.

Students who participate in the workshops will produce materials on HIV/AIDS that will be distributed through local media channels, schools and NGOs.

After the workshops have been completed and analysed, a handbook including the best practices and lessons learned will be produced and disseminated regionally through public schools and NGO networks.

The project is being financed through UNESCO’s Regional Communication and Information Office for Latin America in Quito and the Caribbean and in the framework of the activities of the INFOYOUTH Programme.

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