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HIV/AIDS and Life Skills Training Workshop, Fiji

Who's involved:
Project leader: Luisa Senibulu

Lead organisation: Dakuivuna Youth Group

Other organisations:
- Dakuivuna Village Council
- Ministry of Youth and Sports, Fiji
- Adolescent Health and Development Unit, Korovou Hospital
- NGOs that will supply IEC materials for our participants like Marie Stopes International

February - December 2009

- To provide a forum where HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections issues are openly discussed and shared;

- To enhance rural youth (and parents) understanding and knowledge about the realities and facts surrounding HIV/AIDS and STIs;

- To provide capacity building opportunities for young people through life skills training, so that these young people appreciate and value the importance of effective youth participation in village, provincial and national youth programs; and

- To promote the involvement of rural youth in advocacy activities as an effective tool in fighting HIV/AIDS

The proposed 3 days HIV/AIDS and Life Skills Training Workshop with the theme ‘Our future: Our rights to HIV/AIDS information’ is an initiative spearheaded by the young people of Dakuivuna Village, Wainibuka in the province of Tailevu.

Dakuivuna Village is approximately a two hour drive from Suva and is located in the Tikina of Wainibuka in the interior of the Province of Tailevu. There are 50 households altogether in the village with a population of about 250 people (excludes villagers residing in the major urban areas). Wainibuka is regarded as the most under developed part of the Tailevu Province with high school drop out and high teenage pregnancy rates.

Earlier this year from 7 – 8 March 2008, the Dakuivuna Village Youth Group organised an Empowerment and Capacity Building Training in the village that was attended by our young people in the village. The Ministry of Youth and Sports gave F$1,000.00 to fund this training and stakeholders that facilitated the sessions included the Family Life Unit and the Technical and Vocational Education Training Unit of the Ministry of Education, the Adolescent Health Development Reproductive Health. The main objective was to expose young people in a rural remote community in Fiji to the opportunity of learning, dialogue and information sharing on pertinent youth issues like HIV/AIDS and STIs, vocational /trade skills training opportunities for rural youth, the value of education in improving livelihoods etc.

The proposed HIV/AIDS and Life Skills Training was a need that arose from the 2 day workshop conducted in Dakuivuna Village in earlier this year. Young people specifically requested for a follow – up workshop on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections primarily because the HIV/AIDS team had only 1 hour to facilitate their session which did not permit for in-depth discussion on youth reproductive health. The proposed workshop will be held at the Dakuivuna Village Hall.

Progress Reports:
3 June 2009: 'Life Skills' training motivates local youths
19 March 2009: HIV/AIDS workshop success
22 February 2009: Introducing the project

Final Report [PDF 71Kb]
Project Proposal
[PDF 39Kb]





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Suva based organising committee members.

Back (L -R) Luisa Senibulu, Mere Divatulili, Losana Mualaulau
Front (L-R) Lia Ulusole, Nasoni Roko


This page last updated: 4 June 2009