BDAC to grow training programme

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THE Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council (BDAC) is planning to expand their ‘Training on Trainers’ (TOT) programme.

BDAC President Iswandy Ahmad told The Brunei Times that there are plans to work with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to conduct such programmes with health personnel.

Speaking on the sidelines of yesterday’s HAPPY (HIV Awareness Programme for Peers and Youth) Programme at Katok Secondary School, Iswandy said the BDAC also plans to conduct Training on Trainers programmes with members of the media.

“It is still in the pipelines as we are waiting for timing, funding and resources,” said Iswandy.

He said the aim of expanding the programme is to get everyone in the community involved.

Iswandy said the BDAC has conducted similar Training on Trainers programmes for school counselors in 2011 and school principals in 2015.

“So far Alhamdulillah, school counselors and principals have been supporting the programme.”

He said school counselors and principals have also organised their own awareness programmes, invited speakers and hosted poster competitions, among others.

Kelvin Lai, the head of the health promotion committee at Katok Secondary School said it is important to spread HIV awareness to the students.

He said there is still a lot of misconception of how HIV is transmitted and believed that students must be informed with the correct knowledge.

Lai said the students also responded well to the topics presented during the programme.

The HAPPY Programme started in 2005 and as of September 2016, the BDAC has conducted the programme to more than 100 schools.

A total of 15 Year 9 students participated in yesterday’s programme.

The Brunei Times