Kijabe Township Secondary School sits in Naivasha sub county of Nakuru County in Kenya’s Rift Valley region. It is here, where a team of AJAN coaches trained 170 enthusiastic students on Friday, 7th June 2019. Three teachers from the school also attended the sessions.

The sensitization regarding HIV and AIDS followed a special request to AJAN by the school’s guidance and counseling department. It included students from the four levels (Form One up to Form Four).

The topics covered were; I am a beloved creature of God, the five dimensions of a human person from Module A and from module B of the AHAPPY manual. In this regard the matters of Sexually Transmitted Illnesses and HIV and AIDS were exhaustively dissected. The day-long gathering, focused on these thematic areas because they had been specifically demanded by the school.

To engage the students’ participation, in the session, the exercise applied group discussions, a questions and answer session and watching of educational movies. The exercise started from 10.00am and finished at 4.45 pm. As is the policy of AJAN in collaborating with others, the head of guidance and counselling at the institution was also instrumental.

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The school leadership requested AJAN for similar training in future so as to continue to equip students to be leaders in their various domains and in the society in general. The students also expressed desire to learn more.

Indeed, the deputy principal observed that the training by AJAN is “one of a kind” while saying that it would be great to have it every semester. His colleagues said that it is a rare exercise in the school and that they would love to have it habitually while assuring their students that any questions they may not have asked and obtained response for may also be handled through more learning of HIV issues, learning from teachers and similar sessions in the future. It is a continual process. The expressed deeper interest in the program and agreed to take the challenge to make it a habit to provide a platform for engaging their students more during opportunities availed by the school time table for guidance and counseling.

More specifically, the head of department of guidance and counseling made a commitment to make it a priority to realize mentorship sessions for the students applying AHAPPY modules. AJAN handed over five AHAPPY handbooks to the school for to facilitate organized in-house training for the students. Developing capacity is a key focus for AJAN.

Below: Kijabe Secondary School learners engage in a group activity