Picture it. Biology labs, awkward conversations with teachers, and tedious textbooks. Sound familiar? At dance4life we take a different approach to sexual health awareness. Sex isn’t like other subjects so we don’t treat it like one.
Decreasing the sexual health threats young people face can only happen if young people practice healthy and safe sexual behaviour. However, sexuality education cannot be seen as a regular school subject, like biology; it is an integral part of adolescent development and should be approached as such. That’s why the Dance4Life places empowerment at its core.
Who am I really? What do I stand for? What do I believe? What are my dreams? This part of the journey is strongly focused on building the confidence and skills to explore their own motives and decisions. The young people reflect on their values, beliefs, leadership qualities and strengths and weaknesses. Along with these topics come some very relevant issues for young people such as: body image and body integrity, health and wellbeing, self-esteem and decision making.
Me & You
What relationships do I have in my life? How are they affecting me? What are my different roles? What are my attitudes towards others? How much are my attitudes influenced by gender stereotypes? How can I influence others? During the ME&YOU stage of the journey youngster will get to practice empathy, kindness, compassion, generosity and gratitude. This will be done through a variety of tasks for collaboration upon which the participants can reflect and understand their own attitudes and behaviour towards others (especially gender attitudes).
Moreover, the participants will work on their skills to negotiate and communicate effectively, transform conflicts and develop abilities to stand up for themselves. Through experiential learning and dynamic tasks, they will practice creative problem solving, empathy and critical thinking. Youth issues that you will tackle together with the young people can be: peer pressure, sexual abuse, romantic and sexual relationships.
Me & Society
Me & society is the stage of the journey where the participants get to explore the society they live in and will encourage awareness of the social norms that surround them, existing taboos, the social values and beliefs in their community. The participants will go through experiences that shed light on how these values and norms shape their personality. The activities will trigger critical questioning on how these norms and beliefs are set; why do they exist? how they change over time? and most importantly, who creates and changes them?
In this stage the participants also learn about their rights and responsibilities, and tackle social concepts like stigma and discrimination. They will have an opportunity to explore their own role, responsibility and power to create a positive change.