Using Theatre and the Performing Arts


ACT, LEARN and TEACH: Theatre, HIV and AIDS Toolkit for Youth in Africa

Interactive theatre, if used correctly, can be a very powerful tool for behavioural change and transmiting information on HIV & AIDS.

This toolkit for young people in Africa provides guidance on how to use theatre in HIV and AIDS education. This toolkit was designed for youth groups and is largely based on a workshop held in Uganda and organised by the Eastern African Work Camps Association (EWACA) that brought together young people from several African countries, Canada and India.

The toolkit, developed by UNESCO and the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), includes a manual, CD-ROM and posters.

Available in English (pdf). 


Using Theatre to Respond to HIV and AIDS in Latin America

The manual for theatre troupes entitled "AIDS and Theatre: How to use theatre to respond to HIV/AIDS" was developed by UNESCO to give practical guidance on how to use theatre in HIV & AIDS using participatory communication methods based on lessons-learned and the experiences of theatre groups in different geographical regions.

The manual was originally developed in French (Western Africa) and adapted and translated into both Arabic (developed in Morocco), Spanish (developed collaboratively in Guatemala and Mexico) and English (Eastern and Southern Africa).

Available in Spanish (pdf).


Theatre Training Manual for Maghreb countries

HIV prevention and tackling discrimination are priority actions for UNESCO. In partnership with UNFPA Morocco, UNESCO Rabat has adapted, under its 'jeunes et compétences psychosociales' programme, the UNFPA training manual on theatre techniques and the use of peer education.

Emphasizing a participative approach, the training manual provides a series of techniques and practical exercises which allow young peer educators in the Maghreb to use theatre as a way to prevent, and raise awareness about, HIV & AIDS and other reproductive health issues affecting young people.

Tested and validated by a group of young peer educators in the region (Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia), the printed manual is available Arabic and French and also has an accompanying DVD (which contains videos of interviews, reports, and theatre performances).

Available in Arabic and French (pdf).
Also see: UNESCO Rabat website

Traditional Performing Arts and Innovative HIV Prevention in Asia


This report provides a synthesis of experiences and lessons learned from the project: Expanding the use of innovative HIV prevention approaches using traditional forms of performing arts in Asia.

The two-year project ran from 2006 to 2007 and included activities in China, Cambodia, Indonesia and Viet Nam.

Available in English (pdf).
Also see: UNESCO Bangkok Culture Sector

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