The primary objective of the workshop was to provide accurate Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information to students and emphasize the importance of peer education. It was also intended to establish a network of knowledgeable student advocates who can promote SRH, address misconceptions, and support their peers. Training was provided by facilitators from the National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) and the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC).
Students from various backgrounds attended the workshop to improve their leadership skills, foster effective communication, and initiate positive change within the HIT Campus community. The training included several interactive sessions, hands-on activities, and insightful discussions led by expert facilitators and guest speakers.
The workshop began with an inspiring keynote address by Ms. S. Mudavanhu, the Dean of Students at HIT, emphasizing the significance of peer education in creating a culture of empowerment and resilience among university students. She highlighted the need to invest in peer education on campus and acknowledged the power of peer influence in promoting informed decision-making, breaking stigmas, and providing access to SRH services.
Throughout the workshop, participants honed their skills in active listening, empathy, and effective communication through interactive group activities and role-playing exercises. They explored a range of topics, including sexual and reproductive health, AYSRH laws, policies, and rights, drug and sexual abuse, mental health, gender equality, mainstreaming disability, and social media usage. They engaged in lively debates, shared personal experiences, and brainstormed innovative solutions to address pressing social issues.
Among the participants were Munashe Moyo, a final-year Information Technology student and the Student Representative Council (SRC) Minister of Clubs and Entertainment, and Tatenda Kufandimbwa, a first-year Financial Engineering student with a keen interest in mental health advocacy. They expressed their belief that the workshop would benefit HIT students and improve campus life.
As the workshop concluded, the participants left with a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment. They were committed to being agents of change in a world that craves hope and transformation. They had gained valuable skills and insights and established lasting friendships and a shared commitment to creating a better future for themselves and their communities.