Learners spread the word through art

St Paul’s College emerged as the winner of this year’s NUST HIV/Aids Quilt Project, with Windhoek High School and Otjiwarongo Secondary School scooping the second and third places respectively. The competition, organised by the Student Services Department, was held for the third time this year after the first one was held in 2008.

The project was originally initiated to engage learners at various high schools around the country in raising awareness about HIV/Aids. Schools are invited to create artworks that portray social challenges, and the most outstanding contributions are displayed in the NUST library, a public space that is visible to the university community and the thousands of public members who make use of the facility.

This year’s theme was ‘HIV/Aids and Gender Based Violence,’ a topic that has taken centre stage in the Namibian society. St Paul’s presented paintings that told the story of a victim of domestic violence who used her ordeal to empower other women in her community by opening a counselling and testing centre.

According to recent Namibian Police statistics, a staggering 10 000 cases of Gender Based Violence were reported in the past three years across the country, with rape amongst the most common offences.

Student Counsellor and HIV/AIDS Coordinator, Alleta McNally, says research has shown that it is impossible to talk about HIV/Aids without mentioning sexual violence which can result in women being infected with the virus.

“It has become clear that the HIV/Aids pandemic poses particular challenges for women, thus NUST has chosen to reach young people through innovative ways that are proving to be successful in spreading the message,” McNally said.

Date: 
Friday, March 4, 2016
for Month: 
March, 2016

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