By Confidente Reporter
THE interactive #BeFree Movement and #BeFree Conversations, with politicians, Grade 10 and 12 learners, principals, teachers and other invited guests, will be held in New York and Botswana, following a similar successful event in Zimbabwe earlier this year.
This was announced by the Office of the First Lady, Monica Geingos, and the One Economy Foundation. As the UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls, Geingos continues to roll out the #BeFree Movement. The movement is focused on the youth, their parents, Life Skills teachers and other frontline service providers, such as police officers, health professionals, pastors and social workers.
Geingos and her team will be in New York between 10 to 23 September, and will visit Botswana on 28 October.
The regional visits in Namibia started in the Omaheke region, moved on to Zambezi, Kavango East, Khomas and Erongo. On Sunday they will proceed to the //Karas and Hardap regions, as well as Rocky Crest High School in Khomas and the Kunene region.
“The event format is interactive and informal, and usually consists of a panel discussion and a debate by school learners, experts on youth issues and personal testimonies by young survivors and perpetrators. This comprehensive interactive approach seeks to encourage open dialogue around awkward topics and to give the Namibian child a voice on pertinent issues affecting them,” Geingos’ office said in a media statement. “In terms of aftercare, the issues raised by the youth are taken up with the necessary authorities and our experience has been that young people continue to communicate with our offices, in an effort to resolve specific issues. Through this engagement, we facilitate access to information and services, as well as assistance with case referrals.”
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