In January 2018, Theatre for a Change delivered a three-week training in Kigali, Rwanda for a group of 19 local sexual and reproductive health and rights youth activists.

The training equipped the group with the skills and confidence to devise, perform and facilitate Interactive Theatre for Behaviour Change, specifically to help parents develop the ability to communicate openly and honestly about sexual and reproductive health with their 10 to 14-year-old children.

During the training, the group explored key communication skills, including how to use their voice, body and space assertively in situations of high risk.

The group also learned how to turn their own experiences into compelling storylines and characters, and how to perform and facilitate Interactive Touch Tag – where audiences are invited to replace the main character in the story and change that character’s behaviour for the better.

The group is now implementing Interactive Theatre for Behaviour Change in Gasabo, Kicukiro, Nyagatare and Nyarugenge Districts.

The training was delivered in partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas.

Photo copyright Jean Bizimana for Taking Pictures, Changing Lives

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When the actors are playing, the audience can judge and try to correct. That’s a very nice way of teaching children, or teaching even the community.

Omar, Local Teacher