With over 8 years of research and successful implementation in Zimbabwe, Dare To Be Different is a well-recognized school programme. It has a proven track record in preventing and reducing bad behaviour within school settings. It is designed for high school students between 14 and 18 years. It is directed at teenagers to understand their own sexuality, to respond maturely to relationships and to improve peer relations, thereby making schools happier, more creative and safer. This programme also helps develop confidence in youths to make them ready to tackle life challenges positively. The message is transmitted pro-actively through drama presentations, songs, poetry, lessons, debates and dance.
As a direct result of this programme, there has been a drastic reduction in the incidence of teenage pregnancies from 13 in 2011 to zero in 2012, one in 2013, and zero in 2014/2015. Incidence of drug abuse, school drop outs, bullying, sexual abuse, and acquisition of HIV has fallen in all areas where the programme has been carried out. It has been enthusiastically recommended and supported by the Ministry of Education. A survey carried out in 2015 revealed a 70% reduction in student reports of general anti-social behaviour such as bullying, vandalism, school violence, fighting, truancy and theft. Significant improvements were also noted in the classroom social climate reflected in students’ reports of order and discipline, more positive social relationships and more positive attitude towards school work and school.