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  1. Caught in culture? Cultural transformation through HIV/AIDS prevention education in Zambia

    The study explores the role and contribution of education in developing a localized and relevant HIV/AIDS prevention strategy through a multi-voiced approach, involving the educational institutions, as well as the traditional leaders, community-members, including parents. The study comprised all public schools in one Zambian province from 2002-2008. The study explores, among other factors, the role of traditional culture in mitigating and exacerbating the spread of the disease. …

  2. How comprehensive sexuality education supports a better healthier future! An information booklet for communities [Engaging Communities in Comprehensive Sexuality Education]

    This handbook is part of a series of materials on Engaging Communities in CSE to help communities to better understand and support comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services for children and young people in- and out-of-school. The handbook provides information for parents, caregivers, community leaders, youth group and religious leaders, community members, teachers and others involved in the welfare and development of children. …

  3. How to hold CSE dialogues with communities [Engaging Communities in Comprehensive Sexuality Education]

    This booklet is part of a multi-piece toolkit entitled 'Engaging Communities in Comprehensive Sexuality Education'. The toolkit has been developed to provide practical information and advice to community members on how to support children and young people to access appropriate sexuality, HIV and AIDS information and services – to promote improved access to comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) amongst young people and support their better health outcomes. …

  4. Capacity building in comprehensive sexuality education community outreach: a manual for programmers in schools and communities [Engaging Communities in Comprehensive Sexuality Education]

    This manual is part of a multi-piece toolkit entitled 'Engaging Communities in Comprehensive Sexuality Education'. This toolkit has been developed to provide practical information and advice to community members on how to support children and young people to access appropriate sexuality, HIV and AIDS information and services – to promote improved access to comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) amongst young people and support their better health outcomes. …

  5. Senior Secondary Phase: Life skills teachers’ manual grades 11 - 12

    The purpose of the manual is to help teachers to have a better understanding of the presentation of Life Skills as a subject. The main target users of this manual are School Counsellors, Life Skills Teachers and Subject Heads. This manual mainly deals with the presentation of topics in Life Skills in the Senior Secondary Phase.

  6. Junior Secondary Phase. Life skills teachers’ manual grades 8 - 10

    The purpose of the manual is to guide teachers to have a better understanding of the presentation of Life Skills as a subject. The main target users of this manual are School Counsellors, Life Skills Teachers and Subject Heads. This manual mainly deals with the presentation of topics in Life Skills in the Junior Secondary Phase.

  7. Junior Secondary Phase. Life Skills Syllabus Grades 8 - 10

    This syllabus describes the intended learning of Life Skills for the Junior Secondary Phase. As a subject, Life Skills is within the spiritual and ethical area of learning in the curriculum, and has thematic links to other subjects across the curriculum. Under optimal circumstances, this subject needs one period per cycle to be taught comprehensively.

  8. Exploring the opinions of parents and teachers about young people receiving puberty and sex education in rural Kenya: a qualitative study

    In Kenya, one of the most significant public health concerns is the spread of HIV. Additionally, 13,000 girls drop out of school every year due to pregnancy. Although the Kenyan Ministry of Education and other independent organisations have tried to implement various means of developing puberty and sexual health education for young people, the situation is not improving. Aims: To explore the opinions of teachers and parents in rural Kenya about delivering puberty and sex education and to identify their perceptions of barriers to young people accessing this education. …

  9. Inviting Backchat: How schools and communities in Ghana, Swaziland and Kenya support children to contextualise knowledge and create agency through sexuality education

    Education about sex, relationships and HIV and AIDS in African contexts is riddled with socio-cultural complexity. In this paper the authors argue that in extreme contexts education can lead change further by developing young people as significant actors in their own lives and in the lives of the community by bringing about change in attitudes in the community, as well as practices in schools. …

  10. Factors shaping the HIV-competence of two primary schools in rural Zimbabwe

    We present multi-method case studies of two Zimbabwean primary schools – one rural and one small-town. The rural school scored higher than the small-town school on measures of child well-being and school attendance by HIV-affected children. The small-town school had superior facilities, more teachers with higher morale, more specialist HIV/AIDS activities, and an explicit religious ethos. The relatively impoverished rural school was located in a more cohesive community with a more critically conscious, dynamic and networking headmaster. …

  11. Health and Family Life Education Common Curriculum. Self and Interpersonal Relationships Theme Unit. Forms 1-3

    This document presents different teaching and learning materials with regards to self and interpersonal relationships. Through different activities, students are able to assess their own development and obtain feedback from teachers and peers.

  12. A cluster workshop on building bridges between the school and the community: workshop report

    The debate of delivering HIV and AIDS education within schools is a sensitive topic that often elicits strong feelings from parents, teachers and school administrators. Shrouded in misconceptions that teaching HIV and AIDS education promotes premature sexual debut, many schools shy away from covering HIV and AIDS lessons except for in the context of biological health or natural science class. Although it is often found that parents wish to have their children educated in these topics, the discussion of sex and sexuality proves to be difficult, thus they leave it to the school. …

  13. A Multi-level Model of Sexual Behavior among Young people in Nyanza, Kenya

    Using data collected from 3645 sexually active grade 6 and 7 students from 160 schools and applying hierarchical linear models, this study estimates the impact of individual, school and community level variables on condom use among sexually experienced young people in Nyanza, Kenya. Based on the findings, the document recommends that AIDS prevention interventions take account not only of individual-level factors, but also school and community influences on the sexual behaviours of youth.

  14. The hidden work of caring: teachers and the maturing AIDS epidemic in diverse secondary schools in Durban

    In this article, authors argue that teachers are dealing with the consequences of HIV/AIDS in their schools and classrooms. By focusing on the pastoral care of teachers work with learners, authors explore the ways that teachers understand the care component of their school work, and describe what they actually do for learners who are either infected or affected by AIDS. Many teachers are in some or other way involved in care work, but the conditions of schools determine the nature and extent of the care work that teachers are called to deliver. …

  15. Planning for education in the context of HIV/AIDS

    For a long time, HIV/AIDS was considered to be essentially a medical problem. However it has become clear that prevention is essential and that education might potentially be the single most powerful weapon against HIV transmission. This document is an invitation for educational planners to become more involved in prevention campaigns, in the support of curriculum renewal and in the search for appropriate delivery strategies, not leaving it to curriculum planners and inspectors alone. …

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