This project proposes the development of innovative strategies to reduce the raising number of youths getting infected with HIV and to address and re-dress some of the risky behaviors associated with the transmission of HIV/AIDS. As well as strengthen and empower youths (teens) with decision-making skills and increase their capacity to act as local HIV/AIDS educators, counselors and caregivers in Bateka, Amoto and Oron Village, Isangele sub-division, Bakassi, Cameroon and its environs.
In schools, most Girls face sexual harassment and violence both from male students and teachers. Studies in our community show that teenage girls are highly at risk of HIV infection. Sexual aggression is common, with more than one quarter(28%) of the girls say their first sexual experience was unwanted, and one in ten (10% saying they had been forced to have sex. Almost half (40%) the young women who'd had sex said they had been pregnant at some point suggesting that condom use wasn't the norms.
CADEF intend to organize aggressive HIV/AIDS public educational campaign/programs to change adolescents' sexual behaviors as well as programs, in out-of- schools to provide sex education directly to young people. CADEF uses attractive and innovative strategies, Interactive Games, Role-Play exercises, Radio talk, Film Show, and Music and Theater Performing Arts as well as Comic Scripts to reach youths with life-saving massages on how to avoid an exposure to HIV/AIDS.
The project envisage an environment that will not only support the beneficiaries, but offer a more longer term cost effective materials development and dissemination conduit.The trained peer educators and other beneficiaries/public, will have access to a wide spectrum of resources; they will be able to exchange experience at the Youth Friendly Corner through, forums, seminar, galleries, workshops, conferences and more. Plus having access to CADEF resource center.