Ke Moja – “I’m fine without drugs and alcohol” MAI Graduates Over 24,000 Youth from “Ke Moja” Initiative

kemojadsd1In 2005, the United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime (UNODC) and the South Africa National Department of Social Development (DSD) approached the principals of the African Youth Development Fund to develop content for the national substance abuse prevention programme called Ke Moja – “I’m Fine Without Drugs.” AYDF developed the content and conducted the initial Train the Trainer workshops for the UNODC and National DSD amongst the nine provinces. The initial six module training manuals were expanded into an 11 module manual, where fitness, nutrition and evaluation metrics were introduced to the programme and the AYDF monitoring system. This first phase included a three day training session, attended by 80 participants.

AYDF followed up that session in 2006 by conducting training sessions for 270 social workers, substance abuse district officers, NGOs in the substance abuse sector, SAPS and representatives from the Department of Education. In 2007 AYDF was appointed by the Western Cape DSD to train and support The Future Factory, an NGO appointed to pilot the programme. 40 people were trained and the programme was piloted in 4 schools, 2 places of safety and 600 youth were reached through the pilot. The Western Cape DSD then invited AYDF to support the roll out of the programme, training and supporting about 10 NGOs, 19 Thusong services centers, 9 Places of safety and 5 faith based organisations.

The feedback from the pilot resulted in phase 3 of the programme where AYDF reduced the modules from 11 to 8, standardizing the programme and translating the two manuals into Afrikaans and isiXhosa. At the end of the contract, the programme exceeded expectations in graduating 22,722 participants against an initial target of 19,440, ultimately reaching 266 Schools against a target of 255 schools. The pre- and post -monitoring results indicated that the participants had moved by 10% from the baseline on the targeted indicators – self esteem, preventative knowledge of substance abuse, health & nutrition knowledge, and attitudes & participation in fitness programmes.