DUT HONOURS ITS PEER EDUCATORS
By: Winston Sibanda
It was a glamorous evening at the Blue Waters Hotel, as DUT’s HIV/AIDS centre held it’s annual peer educators’ awards on Friday.
The event was aimed at acknowledging their dedication in helping their peers know more about HIV.
Director of Student Counseling, Naseen Haniff, said that peer educators are in the spotlight, as they are role models to some of their peers.
She said, ” peer education is a powerful tool to foster, uphold and maintain positive influences because some of your peers look up to you.”
Thenjiwe Manana from DramAIDE, acknowledged peer educators as symbols of hope for people facing different challenges.
She urged people to know more about the consistent and correct use of condoms.
She said, “Research has shown that some youths are no longer using condoms consistently and correctly. If we do not emphasize correct use of condoms, then we are wasting government money.”
Guest speaker, Lisa Wiebesiek Pienaar, expressed gratitude to the brave peer educators.
“The field of HIV prevention is a field of change, and change is a hard thing to do. It takes strength and conviction to lead,” said Pienaar.
She urged peer educators to take what they learn back to their communities. She said that peer education is a tool that builds and supports leaders and communities.
Blessing Kanyumba, who received an award for most dedicated peer educator of the year, acknowledged how the program exposed her to the DUT community.
She said that the program groomed her interaction skills, as well as offering an opportunity to be selfless in changing other people’s lives.