The National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe (NAC) is targeting primary and secondary schools as information hubs in order to mitigate sexually transmitted infections.
Zimbabwe has earmarked an HIV free future generation with the NAC conscientising the youth through academic institutions.
This comes in the wake of recent statistics showing a significant increase in the number of adolescents contracting STIs.
Speaking at a primary and high schools quiz competition in Mazowe, NAC Provincial Manager Mr David Nyamurera alluded to the need for comprehensive efforts to avert new infections among the youth.
“This is stamping from that we need to emphasize on knowledge to youth and adolescents and that knowledge translates to reduction. It will assist us to have less or even nil adolescents who engage in sex work so this programme is quite linked to reduction as we have realised some age groups that are contracting STIs, they are quite very young people,” said Mr Nyamurera.
Mr Nyamurera said young people are at the mercy of adults and there is need for their continuous mentoring into various spheres of society.
“This programme is also linked to school leavers, because as these children graduate from primary and secondary, they move into society and tertiary. So that’s the basis for information which will also be utilised in tertiary and out in the communities,” he said.
The provincial annual quiz extravaganza saw 7 schools from 8 districts in Mashonaland Central competing for the sole ticket.
The quiz interrogated issues to do with human rights and child protection, guidance and counselling, current affairs, general health issues, STIs and HIV.