The Birds and Bees Youth Camp

One of the ways that school learners come together to begin learning about rape prevention is through a youth camp.  30 young high school learners from different schools in Athlone and Khayelitsha come on a five day camp away from their usual environment to do workshops, arts and crafts and music in groups where boys and girls work both separately and together.  Topics covered are things like relationships, sex and sexuality, HIV, religion and spirituality and of course, gender.  The fun and the frustration of learning to bridge the gender gap are felt by everyone and experienced Rape Crisis volunteers gain valuable skills learning to coordinate and facilitate the camp themselves.  We hope to use this camp as a “human laboratory” where we can develop a model for rape prevention that can be replicated in other parts of South Africa and other African countries.

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