News – 20 April 2011
dance4life Ireland, the IFPA's HIV & Sexual Health Education programme for young people, is now taking bookings for its summer programme 2011.
Aimed at young people aged between 13 and 24, dance4life is an international initiative which aims to inspire, mobilise and unite young people in the battle against HIV/AIDS. The programme uses dance, music, film and workshops to encourage young people engage in the issue of HIV/AIDS and their own sexual health.
This programme could serve as an ideal addition to summer activities being planned by community groups. AND the really good news it comes FREE, it is funded by the EU and hosted here in Ireland by IFPA.
The programme is based around the dance4life drill, a dance that is taught to students in each of the participating countries. Young people also participate in the skills4life workshops which gives them the skills and knowledge to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
The third element involves young people to take part in an action – treasure hunts, talent shows, fancy dress, sack races, cake sales, painting murals – to raise awareness about HIV and sexual health.
The programme is flexible and can be delivered in conjunction with youth group summer timetable.
Ann Kennedy, Coordinator dance4life Ireland
Telephone: 01 6074456 Fax: 01 6074486