Theater Based Peer Education Project
First screening of Theater Based Peer Education Project 'Theater Peer’ was hosted by Nişantaşı University. The project aims to provide young people with reliable and accurate information about health through peer education and theater-based methods.
The introduction of "Theater Peer", which were organized by The Association of Young Perspectives in Health (Y-PEER Turkey) and supported by the Turkey Office of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), were held in Nişantaşı University with the attedance of United Nations Population Fund Turkey Director Karl Kulessa, Nişantaşı University Rector Prof. Dr. Esra Hatipoğlu, Y-PEER officials and students.
Theater Peer brought HIV-AIDS to the stage in its first screening. The young people explained that HIV-AIDS was not a disease and informed about the ways of transmission. At the end of the performance, the young people who staged the game answered the questions of the audience.
Young people attend a 5-day comprehensive peer education workshop with the health and theater contents provided by the trainers of ‘The Association of Young Perspectives in Health’. Young people who have completed the program will share the correct and reliable information they have gathered through the education processes during the theatre performances that they carried out for at least one year, once a month.
KULESSA: OUR GOAL IS TO REACH YOUNG PEOPLE AND INFORM THEM CORRECTLY
United Nations Population Fund Turkey Director Karl Kulessa said, "It is a very important project for us because we are working on health. This is a very sensitive issue, instead of saying it directly, we can reach young people better especially through theater. The stories told on the stage are very personal stories. Thanks to these stories, we can give our messages on sensitive issues more easily. It is important for us now to spread information to young people about how HIV is transmitted, what kind of a virus it is, and how to fight with it. We always try to correct mistakes known as true. The most important message here is that Nişantaşı University opens its doors to us. Other universities, including high schools should open its doors to us so that we can reach young people. Our aim is not to disturb anyone, but we aim to reach out to the youth on time and inform them. "
PROF. DR. HATİPOĞLU: WE CARE ABOUT THE QUALİTY OF LIFE AS WELL AS THE EDUCATION OF OUR STUDENTS
Speaking after the screening, Rector of Nişantaşı University. Prof. Dr. Esra Hatipoğlu said, "Our young people are important for us. Education is very important, but our young friends’ quality of life is also very important. It is more difficult to talk about such matters, to express themselves than the event itself in many matters. The performances of our friends made me very excited, I found it very successful. We would like to thank the Association of Young Perspectives in Health and the United Nations Population Fund Turkey office. Awareness is very important. Increasing our awareness through the project is very important. Sometimes it is necessary to speak unspeakable things at some point. The events that are part of the normal life is whatever part of our lives. The problem grows even more unless we talk about the issues and it starts to dominate our lives."
ECEVİT: THE PROJECT HAS BEEN REALIZED TO CREATE AWARENESS IN HIV / AIDS
Beste Ecevit, Chairman of the Board of Association of Young Perspectives in Health and Peer trainer, said, "As an association, we are trying to ensure that the correct information is disseminated in the field of health. For this purpose, we apply different methods, and in peer education method, one of the ways is theater-based peer education. In this project, a theater show was created to raise awareness in HIV-AIDS and to spread the right information. After 5 days of training, 17 young participants performed the show. "
"AIDS IS NOT A DISEASE"
Emphasizing that AIDS is not a disease, Ecevit said, "If an HIV-positive person does not receive treatment, the immune system is not able to fight with various diseases and get different diseases. This is a table of diseases, actually AIDS is not disease itself. Anyone who has any suspicion about HIV, can get their tests done in a short time without giving their name in the free anonymous test centers of Beşiktaş and Şişli Municipality in İstanbul and Çankaya Municipality in Ankara. They can also get consultancy service."