The National Young People’s Network on HIV and AIDS says there is need to promote peer education on HIV and AIDS issues among the youths to ensure total involvement of all young people in matters to do with the pandemic if its eradication is to be achieved.
The youths say there is need to engage more youths in order to strengthen their ability to protect themselves and others from the pandemic.
Speaking during the National Young Peopleâ€™s Network on HIV and AIDS Convention in Harare, Assistant National Youth Co-coordinator for the Southern Region, Yemurai Nyoni said there is a gap between knowledge and practice, adding that interventions that centre on information and knowledge are not adequate in the face of deep rooted values and peer pressure.
National Youth Coordinator for the Southern Region, Gwenn Chimuti said young people are willing to learn both knowledge and life skills, and to share them with their peers hence the need to promoteÂ peer education which isÂ an effective tool to bring about positive change in attitudes, beliefs and behaviour towards HIV and AIDS .
This yearâ€™s annual convention brought together 140 representatives from youth organisations drawn from the country’s 10 provinces and is heldÂ under the World AIDS Day campaign theme; â€˜Getting to Zero.â€™