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Star For Life hosted its first boys camp.

posted 30 Oct 2013, 23:16 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 30 Oct 2013, 23:17 ]
On Saturday the 18th of October 2013, Star for life held their first ever ‘Star for Life Boys Camp.’  The camp was held at Mkhuze Rugby Club, and was facilitated by the Star for Life Area manager, the coaches and the Skills Programme officer. The objective of the camp was to address issues of sexuality, gender based violence and circumcision, while speaking broadly about masculinity and gender equality.


Mr Sifiso Mathenjwa, the Star For Life Area Manager and the organiser of the camp noted that, “Violence is increasingly becoming apparent in our schools. We as adults need to mould our learners so that they grow up knowing that violence is never a solution to problems.”


The Project Coordinator from MATCH organisation, Ms Busi Mkhize who was in attendance, addressed issues of circumcision and highlighted some of the confusion and misunderstandings that exist around circumcision, “Most of the boys decide to get circumcised for all the wrong reasons and that’s very dangerous. Some of the boys believe that they don’t have to use condom after they’ve been circumcised which increases the risk for HIV transmission. It is our duty as people working with learners to teach them about sex risks and sexuality as a whole. I am very pleased with the work of Star For Life, we should have more of these camps”, said Ms Mkhize.


Sphamandla Zwane, a grade 10 learner from Mmemezi High School who attended the camp, said, “This is a great platform for us to be heard as well as to learn from our peers. Here we've raised our honest opinions and no one has judged us. The facilitators were always willing to answer our questions. I hope Star For Life will take this to other parts of this country.”