Youth from Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, in Durham City, made regional news by taking part in the dance4life UK school tour last week.
The tour is currently in the third week of an eight-week journey, travelling across the United Kingdom. It marks the first stage in a four step school programme, inspiring young people to engage with the issues surrounding HIV/Aids.
Alongside learning the dance4life international dance, the students were taught about HIV/Aids policies, how HIV/Aids affects lives and had the chance to listen to HIV-positive speakers.
They were also encouraged to discuss the subject and share their opinions. Charity volunteer Chloe Whitley, 16, said:
“People think young people like me don’t care about what’s going on in the world, but we do. The way dance4life gets us involved is great, because it’s fun and it really gets the message across.”
“It made me realise I can make a difference even by doing something as small as writing a letter.”