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A new television talk show called Wize Up was launched on ZBC on Thursday to raise awareness on sexuality issues hampering the progress of young people.

The talk show that runs under a campaign entitled “Wize Up, your decision, your life” targets young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years.

The campaign is in line with the behaviour change communication strategy of the country, and life skills , sexuality, HIV and AIDS education strategic plan 2012-20-2015.

The show will be aired at 6pm every Friday and is hosted by Ntandoyenkosi Khumalo and Kim Sibanda.

Wize Up talk focuses on young people between the ages of 15 to 25, while the secondary target are parents, guardians and policy makers.

Pyke Chari, the executive director at Wize Up said that there is lack of information packages for the vulnerable populations and hard to reach populations, such the young people living in the streets in mining, farming or newly resettled areas those living with HIV young people with disabilities and survivors of sexual violence. It is through Wize Up, that they hope to reach out to these various young people.

“Wize Up is aimed at encouraging young people to desist from relying on the internet for information but approach professionals,” said Pyke Chari.

“It comes as no surprise that there is easier acceptance and greater capacity of the younger generation to adopt, adapt, use and innovative new communication technologies :Much as it is commendable that young people are gelling well in the information age, however, the material they have access to is a cause for concern, “said Chari.

Speaking at the launch Mr Adonija Muzondiona said research done by UNCIEF shows that some young people turn to the internet out of curiosity while for others it may basically because they find sexuality issues awkward to discuss but easy to Google.

Wize up television talk show is informed by a formative research process that was carried out by Action Institute between 2010 to 2011.

The research revealed that young people engage in sex as early as 10 years, making them prone to unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

Source : The Herald