Dare to be different is a school-based club which raises awareness about issues facing today’s youth. It provides empowerment, guidance and knowledge in order to help students make responsible decisions.
The main objective of the club is to tackle the real issues that teens in Zimbabwe face such as teenage pregnancies, school dropouts, substance abuse, gender based violence and the risk of HIV. The club accomplishes this by giving the students a platform to air out their views, exchange ideas, come up with their own solutions and make right choices.
The motto of Dare to be Different is “say NO to negative influences”. This was brought about after a realization that the club members being teenagers who are in the verge of decision making are prone to different negative influences be it background, peers, culture, environment and society as a whole. We challenge them not to go with the mode but to stand out and be different by making right choices.
Much of the learning in Dare to be Different is accomplished by engaging the students in activities like drama, group discussions and song. In this context they can explore how they feel about peer pressure, personal health and hygiene, abuse, and career choices. By arming students with the knowledge and decision making skills, they are ready to make positive choices for their lives.