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“Morning everyone. My name is Danny and this is Herbert. Welcome to the Siyakhona training program. I am from the Hillside Digital Trust, a not for profit organization that trains young people like yourselves in human rights based participatory video journalism and community activism. Herbert is one of the first guys we trained in Alexandra Township in the first Siyakhona project. For the next 3 months we’re going to train you to become experts in and protectors of human rights, learn to think critically, research and engage experts, your neighbors and other stakeholders. We’re going to teach you how to film, edit and screen your call to action films to your community and to the world. And we’re going to have fun doing it. You will use these skills to fight HIV and AIDS and bring about dramatic social change in Lesotho.”

First day of training at the Kick4Life Football for Hope Center in Maseru, Lesotho

First day of training at the Kick4Life Football for Hope Center in Maseru, Lesotho

Following the success of implementing Siyakhona in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape and Alexandra Township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, Sony and FIFA have sponsored the Siyakhona Media Studio, with additional support from Streetfootballworld, for the Kick4Life Football for Hope Center in Maseru, situated behind the Palace of Justice on the old police training grounds.

Herbert and I kicked off the training by getting our new students to handle the camera for the first time. ‘Today was the most amazing day in my life. Unlike in most film schools and universities, the first thing we did was going straight into practically handling the camera and the mic. Everybody had a turn to introduce themselves with a mic while somebody was behind the camera filming them. Likewise, everybody had a turn behind the camera and film the introduction,’ writes Lepheana in his journal.

After an introduction to human rights and how it began the Siyakhona crew were sent out into the community to see how much people knew about their human rights. “I learned a lot about human rights only to find out there are 30 human rights, we did a little research, asked people what they knew about human rights. I believe as Siyakhona we’ll teach the community about what we have learned and we’re going to work hand in hand to bring changes,” writes Ben Mohajane. If you’d like to know more about your human rights, visit Youth for Human Rights

Watch our video on their first week of training and follow their progress on their very own blog site, Siyakhona Lesotho The site will be regularly updated with the Siyakhona crew’s journals and blogs and pretty soon they will begin uploading their call to action videos. We hope you’ll join us on their journey.

The Hillside Digital Trust’s Siyakhona (We can do it) project in Alexandra Township, South Africa received recognition in the House of Lords on 8 October 2012. Brian Mjiyakho, an aspiring filmmaker trained in the Siyakhona project received a certificate of commendation from HIVsport patron; Baroness Potter-Newton, for his directorial debut, “Goal for Hope.”

 “It was a wonderful and awesome experience for me to be invited to the House of Lords in London to receive recognition for the work that we have done.  Meeting people was also the amazing part, it’s just a good feeling to know that there are also people who are inspired by the little work we do, while to them it’s a huge thing and to share ideas regarding some of the issues that we all experiencing,” said Brian Mjiyakho.

HIVsport ran an international competition that encouraged young people to create a short film that illustrated how sport can raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. This could be interpreted in any way they chose, keeping in mind that the purpose of this film was to be used to educate young people in Europe and Southern Africa.

 The Hillside Digital Trust upon learning of the HIVsport competition used the opportunity to train local high school student, Brian Mjiyakho to make a film about how football is being used to educate the youth on HIV and AIDS in Alexandra Township.

The film and associated education pack, available for use from www.hivsport.org was produced by HIVsport as part of the Millennium Development Goals Realisation Project, funded by the European Commission’s EuropeAid programme.

 A delegation of partner organisations from four countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and South Africa) had convened in London for a series of EuropeAid meetings in support of this programme of work. The meetings culminated in a lunchtime reception in the River Room of the House of Lords, hosted by HIVsport Patron, Baroness Joyce Gould of Potternewton. Speakers at this event included the Rt. Hon Lord Speaker and Dr. David Hawkins, Chair of HIVsport.

 “The energy and quality of the ideas from all the young people engaged in this project has been excellent. HIVsport is delighted to be able to launch ‘Fact or Fiction?’ today in the House of Lords in the presence of our European Colleagues and film makers from South Africa”, said Dr David Hawkins.

 An award was presented to Brian Mjiyakho and Danny Lurie; founder of the Hillside Digital Trust from South Africa as part of this event followed by further presentations from winners of London’s Sex Factor Ideas 2012 (another competition that engaged young people about sexual health, linked to the 2012 Olympic Sexual Health Legacy Programme).Image