Since 2004 we have been running SHAPE courses ( School HIV AIDS Peer Educators ). Schools send 10 young people to receive training in HIV/AIDS awareness, life skills, communication and team building. Each course is 5 days long and is residential for groups travelling in from a distance. All meals, accommodation and transport are provided by the LINK in addition to full teaching manuals. The young people then return to their schools to share what they have learnt with their classmates. Since this programme began 600 young people have participated in these courses and young people and teachers testify to the change that it has made in their attitude and behaviour.
Recent Government restrictions on students attending extra mural courses in term time have made running these courses difficult. So AIDS awareness components relevant to different age groups are now included in all LINK educational programmes.