WHO’S NEXT: IYD hosts 2018 YAA event

Since the formation of Youth against AIDS in 1996, as a response to STIs, HIV and AIDS amongst children in primary and high schools, the initiative has remained committed to the cause. 


The initiative under the Integral Youth Development continues to create a culture of behavior change and transformation among young people. 


On the 10th of March 2018, YAA held its annual 2018 convention at St Ignatius College, in Chishawasha under the theme “WHO’S NEXT?” 

The event whose tagline a “Journey to Zero” also attracted youth groups like Young People for Others whose members largely draws from former Ignatians. 


Since 1996 the YAA program has spread throughout the country, now being found in over 50 schools including catholic, non-Catholic, private and governmental schools. 


It offers young people a platform that fosters skills and attitudes of care and support for communities. 


The esteemed group also facilitates positive behavior change in young people and also mobilizes young people to be active agents of development. 


Its key areas of focus include, sexual reproductive health including HIV and AIDS, environmental sustenance, justice and leadership.

Addressing the participants at the Who’s next event, Integral Youth Development youth Officer, Mr Michael Kalongonda emphasized abstinence as a vital tool for the journey to zero campaign. 


“For Journey to a zero HIV/AIDS positive generation there is need to close the tap to new infections nationally,” he said.

St Ignatius’s YAA Vice President Lisa Tendai shared the week’s activities preceding the YAA annual gathering.


St Ignatius College walked down the hill to St Peter Claver to cheer up and support the students with sanitary wear and conduct talks on HIV/AIDS before the annual turnup/cleanup campaign. 


The students wrapped up their week activities by going to Mashambanzou, a clinic that takes care of AIDS patients where they also handed over their sacrifice inform of various groceries and sanitary wear. 


This year’s YAA event was attended by student from Chaplin High School all the way from Gweru, Nagle House  from Marondera, Kutama College, St Dominic’s Chishawasha, St Paul’s Musami, St Peter’s Claver Chishawasha, Roosevelt Harare and the hosting St Ignatius College.


The students from the different schools entertained the crowd with songs, dance and skits.






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