This year World AIDS day was marked by CEFAID with fourteen secondary schools in Akoko South West with forum which brought together these fourteen schools. The forum aimed at educating the youth about HIV/AIDS, to create awareness about the reality of the disease and how best they can prevent themselves. 

The forum was attended by secondary school teachers, students, health workers, Mrs. O Nwagbor, Youth Advisory Committee Chairman Hon Adetileewa Fafunmilade Akoko North West, Hon. Prince A. Fafunmilade, Guest Speaker Mr. Awe F. D. and CEFAID staff. 



At the end of the seminar, the youth and teachers will have good knowledge of HIV/AIDS and its prevention, Adolescent sexual reproductive health problems. In addition, they will be able to communicate the message to their fellow students whom they represented. 



The Programme Officer, Mr. Bosun Adeola introduced the people on the high table for recognition and introduced CEFAID to gathering officially enunciating its aims and objectives. 

He stressed that series of workshops have been organized in the centre toward the achievement of the youth development project.   

The representative of the host school, Mr. Ojamo O.B. welcomed the participants to the august occasion. According to him, the purpose of the seminar is to share knowledge about HIV/AIDS and its prevention. He said the disease has killed millions of people, most especially young people in Nigeria and all over the world. He encouraged the teachers and students to participate in the forum.  

Mr. Awe F. D., a health care provider facilitated the session on HIV/AIDS and how one can be positive. He narrated how HIV/AIDS was first recognized in 1981 in United States of America and in 1986 in Nigeria. Up to date, over 60 million people have been affected globally. According to him 70% of the population falls within the age of 15yrs – 25yrs, which belong to youth group.  

According to the speaker, our body systems have immunity or antibody that fight against diseases in the body. To boost our immune system, we need to eat balanced diet,. 

He defined HIV/AIDS as Human Immuno Deficiency Virus. This virus infects and weakens the “soldiers” of the body system that fight off infections and diseases. This virus causes AIDS. AIDS mean Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It develops between 2yr to 10yrs after an individual have been infected with HIV. A person with AIDS dies from diseases caused by the infections that the body system could not fight because of HIV. 



The students were allowed to ask questions at the end of the lesson. The asked the following questions: 

  • Why female are more affected than male? 
  • Whether rigorous kissing can make one have HIV/AIDS? 
  • How can we detect whether the blood is positive or negative? 
  • Whether all people having fever contacted AIDS? 
  • Whether one can get AIDS if one share sharp objects with the infected one? 
  • Whether one can get HIV/AIDS by sharing comb with the infected person? 
  • Whether one can choose a future partner now? 
  • Whether tradition cure for HIV/AID are recognized? 


The speaker, Mr. Awe F. D. answered the question successfully like question H. He told the teacher who asked the question that traditional cure could only be approved if it is scientifically proven. He told the students that they should face their study at this stage of development not to talk of choosing a partner.   On the issue of sharing of object he told the student to stop using comb with friend and buy his own. He said that it was not all possible that every man who has fever have HIV/AIDS. It must be tested with confirmation.  



Two students and a teacher were given opportunity to respond because of time factor (very short) Uwagbor from FEMCAR International School (private) and a girl from African Church Grammar School, the host school appreciated the effort of the organization concerning public enlightenment about HIV/AIDS and Adolescent Sexual Reproductive health problems. They encouraged the organization to reach all schools. 

A teacher from Ola-Oluwa Grammar School commended the effort of the Youth Care Projects but he encouraged the organization to make use of films, pictures in their seminar or workshop for more effective communication.  



She commended the efforts of the organization and encouraged the students to make use of the knowledge. At the end of her remark, programme officer (Mr. Bosun Adeola) advised the students to exchange the information obtained here today with their peers in their various schools. He distributed books on HIV/AIDs to the students and asked them to keep it in their libraries.