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Friday, 18 November 2011

HIV/Aids Unit recognises the Peer Educators at Awards Ceremony

AWARDING EXEMPLARY WORK: The 2011 Peer Educators gather for a photo with HIV/Aids Unit Head, Dr Ashraf Mohammed (front centre, right) and guest speaker at the awards, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia (front centre, left).

CPUT has been congratulated for being a front runner amongst tertiary institutions in the fight against HIV/Aids. The 7th annual Peer Education Awards Ceremony was hosted by CPUT’s HIV/Aids unit recently.

The aim of the event is to acknowledge the sterling work Peer Educators do in fighting the disease amongst students.

Director of the Higher Education Aids Department (HEAids), Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, said CPUT is doing very well compared to the 23 other institutions his organisation monitors.

“Peer education is the way forward and I believe in it,” he said.

“CPUT is doing very well and I appreciate your efforts.”

The glitzy event, which was held at the Tuscany Gardens Hall in Rylands, made certain the Peer Educators were centre of attention.

Guests were treated to a song and dance performance as well as a delicious three course meal.

HIV/Aids Unit HOD, Dr Ashraf Mohammed, called the students his ‘A-Team’ and reminded them of the important work they do each day.

“It’s easier for the youth to speak to the youth and tonight is about saying thank you,” he expressed.

The HIV/Aids Unit has also benefitted from a close working relationship with the German government in recent years. Liaison for this programme, Lionel Adriaan, explained the significance of the relationship and introduced two German students currently in SA and working with the unit.

“They bring a wealth of experience here with them and we are grateful to have them,” said Adriaan.

Before the evening ended, students were awarded with a certificate for the contributions. 

By: Lauren Kansley

Photo by: Clive Galant (Fundani CHED)

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za