Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 2003. 16 p., illus.
Title other languages:
Je suis séropositive
JAWS HIV and AIDS Readers Series
This document is one of the 'storybooks' in the HIV and AIDS series, developed by the Junior Africa Writers (JAWS). It is designed to provide information and raise key questions about the consequences of HIV and AIDS. The aim of the series is to empower young people, equipping them with the knowledge, attitudes, values and life skills they need to help them make positive choices and resist negative pressures. This booklet is intended for primary school learners (aged 8-12) and can be used as a reader or to help teachers introduce subject matter that is difficult to manage in the classroom. The story conveys both the basic information about HIV and AIDS and the more psycho-social dimensions of the pandemic affecting learners' lives (personal and social development). It looks at the basic facts of HIV and AIDS through the eyes of a child, explaining in the simplest terms: transmission, infection and the do's and don'ts of prevention. It also looks at practical ways of caring and coping. The explanation made by the young boy (Lindiwe) in the story is expected to empower learners to lower the risk of getting sick and increase their resilience to the virus. Also included at the end is a text, which could serve as a good basis for discussion and group work.
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