(Xhosa with English subtitles)
As a child, Siyabonga’s stepmother discouraged him from going to school, so he found support from another family member. Later as an HIV activist, Siyanbonga was the subject of gossip and criticism in his community, but he continued the work anyway. Now a peer educator, Siyabonga shares what he has learned and encourages everyone to take action to end stigma and prevent HIV.
Key points to consider in viewing Siyabonga’s story
Siyabonga was fortunate to have an uncle and a teacher who supported him and encouraged him to “be strong”. His work as a peer educator who speaks out against HIV stigma shows the importance of caretakers and mentors in the development of community leadership. Consider these topics as you watch his story. What does leadership mean, to you?