Our magazine, 'OYO - Young, latest and cool', was conceived after our first writing competition for young people on the topic of HIV and AIDS. The response had been so great, that it was felt that there should be a permanent space - a platform - for young people to share with other young people their stories, poems, drawings, and their questions about HIV and AIDS and social issuues that affect them, their families and communities.
The OYO magazine is one of our most important learning resources for leaners and out of school youth we work with. It is used in our programmes to promote discussion and debate and it is read by over 80,000 children, young people, and adults across Namibia. Each issue includes contributions by youth, discussion points, articles on human rights, sexual health, social and cultural aspects of the topic, prepared by Namibian educational, health and legal professionals.
Demand for the magazine is high. It is currently distributed to schools in Erongo, Khomas and Kunene region and OYO Youth Groups as well as to libraries, youth centres, governmental organisations and NGOs throughout Namibia.