This volume explores what young Namibians think about living at the cross-road between traditional values - what their parents and grand-parents teach them - and modern values - what teachers, peers and the media teach them.
While working with various AIDS Awareness Clubs and Youth Groups, the issue of alcohol abuse, and to a lesser extent, drug abuse, kept on arising. Many stories of girls taking sugar daddies, boys starting to fight and couples having unprotected sexual intercourse end up having one think in common: the abuse of alcohol.
In Namibia the vast majority of young people are literate and attend school. There are many primary schools throughout the country; however, there are far fewer secondary schools, and they are usually situated in towns or large villages. As a result, many youngsters registering for secondary school also have to apply for accommodation at the school hostel.
Teenage years and early adulthood are often a time to experiment with sex. In Namibian society, where talking about sex is often still taboo, the only way to learn about it is by doing it. Young people often have sex with different partners in order to experiment, in order to learn new sexual skills. Sex is like many other things in life: you need skills and knowledge in order to do it properly, to enjoy it and to give pleasure to your partner while staying healthy.