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The ‘Dream Achievers’ youth reporters in Qwa-Qwa have just announced the winners in their adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) regional competition, called My Body, My Rights.
Supported by Save the Children, the clinic-based youth reporter group created the competition, to learn from young people in their community what their challenges and barriers to sexual health education and services are, and to explore, discover and promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights and knowledge around teenage pregnancy.
After intense planning, with mentorship from our regional trainer Andile Msomi, the team spent a few months promoting the competition at thirteen schools in the Phuthaditjaba region, including two outreach events at schools, and produced short adverts that were aired on Qwa-Qwa Radio. A total of 84 entries were received, and after the judging process, the team hosted an outreach event on April 21st announcing the three top winners! Young people could could submit an essay, an audio piece or a poem. The first prize winner won an all-expenses paid trip to Cape Town during the September/October school holidays, and the second and third runners-up won shopping vouchers worth R500 each. The winners are as follows:
1st prize winner: Nomasonto Zulu
2nd runner-up: Tshidi Mantsoe
3rd runner-up: Malefu Namane
By being part of this competition, youth were adding their voices to important issues around crucial conversations about adolescent sexual health. Well done to the winners, and, great work Dream Achievers!
The winners: Nomasonto Zulu (community member), Keitumetse Moloi (Dream Achievers routh reporter). 2nd runner-up: Tshidi Mantsoe (community member), 3rd runner-up: Malefu Namane (community member)
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