Theatre for a Change - Program support in Malawi - Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Theatre for a Change

Program support in Malawi
For the launch of an HIV/AIDS child-centered prevention program in Malawi.  A similar program in Ghana was very successful.  In Malawi HIV prevalence is high and the incidence of the epidemic among teachers has caused a crisis in the education system.
The core goal of Theatre for a Change is to reduce the spread of HIV infection in Southern Africa by training teachers to use child-centered approaches that challenge the attitudes and behavior that place young people at risk of HIV infection. Using interactive workshop and theater techniques, the organization helps the young learn about sexual health and HIV in an experimental way that develops their communication skills and confidence to change their behavior and negotiate relationships positively and safely. This unique approach is based on interactive theater and is highly participatory. Teachers are trained to facilitate workshops with pupils and create performances designed for out-of-school audiences.