The DFL Mvuso School and Community Education Project
Statistics South Africa estimates 200,000 people will die of HIV/Aids in 2013.
The total number of people living with the virus increased from four million in 2002 to more than five million in 2013. Around 17 percent of those infected with the virus are women and around eight percent are between the ages of 15-24. South Africa's national household survey found HIV was prevalent in 29.5% of girls aged between 15 and 19 years who had sex partners who were five or more years older than them. The number of pregnant schoolgirls jumped from 1,169 in 2005 to 2,336 in 2006 in Gauteng, according to statistics released in the provincial parliament. In a country where HIV/AIDS is so prevalent, there is a need for an intervention which addresses the sociocultural and systemic nature of the virus by engaging the individual in experiential, embodied and self-reflexive learning processes.
Applied Drama and Theatre practices offer educators, trainers, theatre-makers, director-teachers and performer-facilitators methods which engage people on experiential and reflective levels, helping ensure that learning and change becomes negotiated and sustainable.
After launching the training week in July 2013 the selected participants had seven weeks to implement these newly learned methodologies in facilitating process and performance projects with adolescents (teenagers between the ages of 13-19) in their schools and communities. The intention of the process and performance project is to address issues of sex, relationships and HIV and AIDS through sensitively and carefully constructed processes informed by the training. The performance pieces were showcased to the Soweto community at the Mvuso show day at the Pimville Community Centre (11624 Modjadji Street Zone 4). Our distinguished panel of Judges selected the top three performance pieces which were staged at the Soweto Theatre on the 24th of September.
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