LoveLife: Fighting HIV/AIDS through education

selected stills of a photo series for the German Embassy in Pretoria

With 6.4 million people living with HIV in South Africa, the epidemic is still a major constraint to development. loveLife is a German-supported NGO dedicated to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescents - a focal area of the South African-German development cooperation.

With the support of more than 1,200 peer educators (so-called groundBREAKERS), the organisation has initiated a countrywide programme of community-level outreach and support. With group plays, in depth discussions, musical activities and social media applications, loveLife tries to reach the young generation in an unconventional yet fruitful manner.

Soweto Builders Training Centre

selected stills of a photo series for the German Embassy in Pretoria

German Ambassador Lindner travelled to Soweto to see the Builders Training Center (BTC) in action. Supported by the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce, the BTC equips disadvantaged young adults, men and women with basic building skills.

The BTC offers a one-year training opportunity in Soweto with the objective of grooming learners to leave the centre with the knowledge and skills needed to become employable and to play a leadership role in their communities. At the Commercial Advancement Training Scheme (CATS), students learn Business Administration skills during a two-year training course adapted from the German Dual System.

Every year, the BTC trains 50 plumbers, brick layers and carpenters.

Especially young woman are encouraged to participate in the course.

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