Preparations for the inaugural AWA Peers (Aids and Wellness at the Workplace Awareness — Peer Educators as Entertainers Refresher Splash) are at an advanced stage with the recent successful training workshop held at Education Services Centre in Harare.
BY SILENCE CHARUMBIRA
The workshop, held on November 7 and 8, saw each of the participating companies sending their representatives who were equipped with skills to mentor others in the creation of a peer drama for the competitions scheduled for this month end at a venue yet to be finalised.
Tafadzwa Muzondo, the chief facilitator of the programme said the workshop managed to empower peer educators from nine companies with basic play- making skills.
“Participants were given skills in playmaking, acting, directing and organising their own performances, as well as organising themselves as amateur artists,” said Muzondo.
He took the time to thank Delta Beverages, Holiday Inn Harare, Crowne Plaza Monomotapa Hotel, Rainbow Towers Hotel and International Conference Centre, New Ambassador Hotel, Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre, Metropolitan Bank, Scanlink and ZETDC Northern Region who he said were the pioneers of the first AWA Peers.
“These organisations have put their names to this epic event, which is set to claim a permanent position on the local and international calendar,” said Muzondo.
“That we have secured nine companies in our first effort from our own initiative and internal funding out of an initial dream of 20 companies is not only amazing but inspiring for us.”
James Mukwindidza, the co-facilitator of the programme said their aim was to enhance the role of peer educators at the workplace where most economically, socially and sexually active men and women are found as “we build” hype towards the importance of World Aids Day.