Oui, c’est exact! The much anticipated version of having young people plan their show is finally taking a positive gradient. I cant really believe that am living in this era but ever since youths participation and involvement in matters that directly affect turned out to be some nut-am living on planet earth 🙂 This year, a number of youths-engineered moves have been made seeing off a number of political heavy weights 😉 needless to mention, call a friend in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya! You can hypothesise too that some extra moves are in the pipeline! #Hands Crossed!
This time, we are talking about the UNAIDS highly interactive #CrowdsOutAIDS campaign to help young people design the new HIV/AIDS strategy! CrowdOutAIDS is a collaborative online project by and for young people. In four steps, a new UNAIDS strategy on youth and HIV will be developed and as I can see, the steps are:
I very much appreciate the idea that young people will be at the centre of this first UN system of youth consultation using social media 🙂 But I have some little problem with social media if this is the only approach that UNAIDS is using to make this project! 😦
1) There are very few young people aged 18-29 that are very much active on such social networking sites as facebook, twitter and blogging. Most of such young people live in developing countries where the problem of the internet still surfaces even in well established offices. Whereas, I strongly believe in health promotion especially as far as HIV/AIDS is concerned, Iam abit skeptical over the representativeness of young people from developing countries 😦
2) As I found out while studying my MPH thesis about the ‘Impact of school based peer education on knowledge, attitudes and behaviours’ concerning HIV/AIDS, I would think that UNAIDS would have consulted and developed a platform with the education sector in the participating countries. These countries would then may be form a national surveillance platform very much like what the United Nations Decade of Action 2011-2020 did under the road safety data collection programme. I have all the trust that UNAIDS is doing good work but the way this information gathering technique will be limited to young people like me who use the internet quite often. 😦
3) I also have some fear over how young people without access to the internet will be kept in the loop over what and how things are happening behind the scenes. 😦
On a positive note however, UNAIDS is smart and I personally applause it over the use of young people as modulators and community members for all the regions in the world! Yeeeppppyyy!! 😀
Avec cette observations, je suis regarder le outcomes possible’ plus enqore, jeunes participation et representation 🙂