Doutzen Kroes and Ben Knapen launches new campaign dance4life
Monday April 16th dance4life ambassador Doutzen Kroes handed the research on the impact of the dance4life programme to the Dutch Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ben Knapen.
The research shows that young people grow in self confidence due to the information and the skills they gain from the dance4life programme. Self confidence is one of the most important determining factors for safe sexual behaviour. The research also shows that the dance4life approach works. A connection is made with young people through music, dance and by using role models, which allows dance4life to give information en create awareness. The research also offers some very useful insights about improving the programme. For instance the continuity of the programme is very important; we can really strengthen the skills acquired by the young people by returning to the schools.
Doutzen Kroes: “I don’t find it very difficult to talk about sex. But in many countries this is very different. That’s why I think the dance4life program is so good. You can tell young people that they should use a condom, but what if they do not know how to talk with their partner about condoms? Or what to do if your partner does not want to use a condom? dance4life teaches young people skills so they know how to negotiate about this."
The Royal Tropical Institute has been commissioned by dance4life to research the impact in three countries: the Netherlands, Uganda and Russia. Please find the complete report attached.
dance4life is very pleased with the results of the research, both for dance4life and also for sex education in general. And the support of Secretary of State Knapen is very welcome, “dance4life is a perfect example of modern development cooperation”.
Published: 14th May 2012