Community development service is one sure way service year is made realistic and meaningful. It is also the best means of making positive impact on the well being of residents living in state of service.
The NYSC having understood this fact, established community development groups with PET inclusive Peer Education Trainers, whose responsibility does not just end in periodic sensitization but in adoption of schools.
Members of the CDS are trained to mentor secondary school students on National Reproductive Health HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project through the NYSC.
This has afforded PET members opportunity in contributing their quota to Nation building as students are mentored on leadership skills, decision making. This has further reduced the rate of teenage pregnancy amongst secondary school students with emphasis on abstinence.
This is one means of making service impactful for host community thereby, complementing the roles of corps members as leaders in the corporate entity of Nigeria.
This is the driving force behind the sensitization walk of PET CDs Ado-Ekiti held on Thursday 24th in commemoration of December 1st world Aids day with the theme Hands up for #HIV Prevention.
Members of the CDs took to the garage, streets and market educating citizens on the need for Abstinence for the unmarried men and women, Being faithful to those in relationship and Correct and Consistent use of Condom.
The President of the CDs, Azubuike Chima Nathaniel and other executives led members on the campaign, members of Band CDs were on ground to spice the occasion with songs. The sensitization was a platform for free VCT voluntary counselling and testing by Ado LACA officials, many took advantage of the exercise to know their status.
Members distributed male and female condoms to willing adults. The campaign ended with different messages encouraging people to know their status, since being positive was not the end of life but commencement of fullness of life, Abstinence was stressed as being one sure way of Preventing HIV.
Abstinence, Being faithful to your sexual partner and Correct and consistent use of condom as one way of preventing HIV infection.
Corps members thanked Ms Ogunjimi kemi, NYSC schedule officer, the instructor/trainer higher ground, coordinator kids and teens Ekiti, EKSACA project manager, Dr. Doherthy, mrs Ajimobi, LACA Mrs Johnson, Mrs Aladesanmi for their immeasurable support.
By: Chima Azubuike