Young people must grow up with the correct attitude of freedom, convinced that, "...a person is more precious for what one is than for what one has..."
By giving young people the opportunity to receive correct information and learn how to live by their values, we are enabling them to make the right choices and become responsible and respectful individuals
...Developing young people of Integrity, Service and Good Character - Responsible community members and Leaders of Today and Tomorrow.
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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed young people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Behaviour Change Process Workshops

Role playing during BC workshopMost young people (aged 15-35) in Manicaland have basic knowledge about Sexual reproductive health and HIV. However, some still have gross misconceptions about the same. As a result, this group records alarmingly high STIs and new HIV infections.

Our Education for Life - Behaviour Change Program seeks to address the underlying cause of the above problems. This is achieved by engaging participants in an intensive 3 to 5 days group counselling process. During which time beneficiaries are equiped with skills and relevant information as a means of helping them adopt safe sexual behaviour.

 

 

Why the "Education for Life - Behaviour Change Program"

Wendy receives her certificate after completing the 3 day BC process In the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, great effort was made to ensure that all people had sufficient information about the virus; to protect themselves and prevent the spread of HIV. There was heavy emphasis on mass media messages, posters, and input sessions. All of this was necessary. However, as the years have passed it has become evident that information on its own is not enough. This process, called EFL-Behaviour Change, is an attempt to provide that "more".

In essence, EFL-BCP is a combination of life skills development and reproductive health education. The result is a empowering and transforming experience for young people from all walks of life.

 
 
How Our BCP Model Works

Behaviour Change Process ModelAlthough similar to the National Behaviour Change strategy, our intervention is Values - based and established on the principle of risk avoidance. We believe that the prevention of HIV is a call to life, the life of the whole person. This person is a sexual being, not just a person who has sex. Thus, any effective preventative programme must take this into account and deal with the person's whole life. Our unique model is based on the Skilled helper approach by Gerard Egan. It has been re-structured to suit the unique needs and backgrounds of our target group. The process has 3 stages.

 

STAGE 1 - EXPLORING LIFE

Stage 1 of BC process1a) Telling the Story: Behaviour is never exhibited in a vaccum; it is always the behaviour of a person with a unique background and environment. Therefore, it is important to explore life experiences of the distinct individual. There are often hidden causes that need to be identified. This occurs through a guided telling of one's story.

It is kept general at first to ensure a full picture and also to allow the gradual building of trust and a feeling of safety within the group setting.

1b) Focusing: The main means of HIV transmission is sexual activity with an infected person. Hence, it is important to begin by focusing at this aspect of sexuality. People often find it difficult to discuss issues regarding sexual behaviour and many lack adequate understanding  about the gift of human sexuality.

1c) Looking for what has been overlooked: Many people continue with unsafe behaviour despite having heard many facts about HIV. There are many reasons for this. Some deny the reality or pretend that it isn't true for them; others simply have inadequate or inaccurate knowldge. On the other hand, some have experienced so much that they despair of being able to avoid infection or being able to live a positively vibrant life with the infection. For these reasons it is necessary to help people look more closely at their own lives. Our Behaviour Change program seeks to help individuals and communities reflect on their values, attitudes and lifestyles so as to make responsible and informed choices.

 

STAGE 2 - THE NEW PICTURE

Stage 2 of the Behaviour Change Process2a) Calling forth Alternative Goals: Many people fail to change behaviour because they do not consider alternatives. They are stuck. Even when they or someone else makes a suggestion, the first reaction is to say 'but it won't work for me'. This stage challenges people to come up with a variety of alternatives without making any judgements about whether or not they are feasible. This will be done later. To judge at this point is to limit one's options. The task of this stage is to open up as many options as one can.

2b) Critiquing: Every alternative generated in Stage 2a will not be possible in each individual's situation. To simply try to choose a goal without looking at whether or not it is possible only results in failure and discouragement. During this stage, the individuals in the group look at the implication of each alternative before making their choices.

2c) Making the Choice and Committing: In this stage, it is now time to decide just what 'New Picture' or new behaviour is most suitable. It will be one which is not only possible, but one which the person feels they can stand behind. Once the choice is made, the project clients are helped to make a commitment to it. It is important that this stage of commitment be formalised; speaking it aloud, writing it or ritualising it in any other way.

 


STAGE 3 - ACTION

Stage 3 of the Behaviour Change Process3a) Asking What can be done: Many reach the stage of committing themselves to a new behaviour but the decision is kept in a very vague, idealistic, or theoretical form. There is need for a more concrete appoach. In Stage 3, participants are helped to express in concrete terms what it is they actually intend to do.

3b) Planning: It is not enough to know what one wants to do. One needs to know how to do it. In this stage people become aware of resources and approaches available to them. It is at this time that they devise practical steps which they will use to birng about the action they have chosen.

3c) Doing It: Unless one begins to act, all of the above simply remains an exercise.

 
 

 

Strategic Objectives of the EFL-BC Program
  • To improve access to comprehensive SRHR information for young people.
  • Increase demand for services by providing project clients with referral and supportive systems.
  • To stimulate dialogue and discussion on risk behavior, risk perception and local solutions.
  • Reduce stigma and discrimination for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
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