A two-day programme to motivate selected young Asians on HIV and AIDS was held in conjunction with the Asian Ecumenical Youth Assembly (AEYA) at Manado in the North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. Twenty participants specially selected from among the participants of the AEYA attend the April-5-6 event.

As reported by mattersindia.com, Amelia, a participant said, “The first time I heard about HIV and AIDS was at high school, as part of my studies. But the knowledge I had about it was superficial. The Youth Motivation Programme gave me a much deeper understanding of the problem.”

Participants, divided into four groups, were given the assignment of forming a Bible passage into a movie, complete with a ‘title’ and a ‘poster.’ Interestingly, the four groups chose to focus on four different aspects of the same story, thus generating their interests into high gear during the discussions. Various sessions with a focus on enabling the participants were connected with their peer groups at a personal level in order to communicate the message of youth advocacy to combating HIV and AIDS.

Source: www.mattersindia.com