‘Dare to be Different’ is a peer education programme targeting young people in secondary schools. The aim is to create morally upright future citizens; we believe that the information we share on facts about life will positively challenge the youth in their teenage years to be social, responsible individuals in curbing issues of teenage pregnancy, school dropout, drug and substance abuse and gender-based violence, to mention just a few. The motto of the programme is ‘It’s always a good time’. To us it is always a good time to think and execute right decisions.
The youth club started in one secondary school in Matobo District in 2011 in order to address the aforementioned challenges. Most prominent in the school was school dropout by girls due to teenage pregnancy, and because of its traceable success and requests from schools, the programme has spread to five more secondary schools and currently reaches out to over 500 students from these five schools. These schools are in rural or peri-urban locations and only one school is in an urban location.