On the 13th of May 2016 the Mpumalanga team hosted a Parents and Teachers workshop. The purpose of this workshop, was to give parents and teachers an opportunity to learn more about the GOLD Peer Education Programme and explore their role as well as a school’s role in supporting and promoting the programme.
The teachers were encouraged to think about the sub-culture they should strive to create at school and within the community for effective peer education management.They were also given an opportunity to challenge and asses their knowledge about HIV prevention to see if they are able to give consistent and correct information about HIV/AIDS to the learners.
At the end, the teachers and parents walked away reflecting on the impact of the GOLD programme in their children’s lives and how they could support it. This is evident in these comments:
-Teacher Mam Mbuyane: “Since the GOLD Programme has started in our school we have since had low teenage pregnancy and most of the learners who have joined the GOLD Programme have been performing very well in their school work”
-One parent said: “As of today I will support my child and make sure that he attends every GOLD activity and session because I have seen the change in him since he joined the GOLD Programme.”