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This framework sets a standard for training providers and in-service coordinators to help plan, deliver and evaluate training in HIV/AIDS, STIs, reproductive health, peer education and life skills. The training pathways aim to guide teachers to the appropriate training course for their experience and previous professional development. The purpose of the framework is to: 1. Support schools planning in-service on Personal Development or HIV/AIDS & STIs; 2. Guide training providers and partner organisations in delivering in-service training.
Malawi is among the 10 countries in the world with the highest HIV prevalence rate, estimated at 12%. Among occupational groups, teachers in Malawi are especially at risk. Their HIV prevalence rate is 23%, almost double the national rate (National AIDS Commission 2009). However, when trainee teachers enter into Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) their estimated HIV prevalence rate is under 3%. Theatre for a Change (TfaC)has identified TTCs as an ideal environment to work with this vulnerable population before they encounter situations that will put them at risk of HIV infection. …
Theatre for a Change (TfaC) is a registered non-governmental organization in Malawi that works to reduce the risk of HIV infection among marginalized and vulnerable groups through the use of interactive, participatory learning techniques. In Malawi, the HIV prevalence rate of teachers is 23%; almost double the national rate of 12% (National AIDS Commission 2009). TfaC’s Teacher Training College (TTC) programme is a behaviour change intervention that works with trainee teachers in Teacher Training Colleges nationwide to reduce the high risk of HIV infection among teachers in Malawi.
The manual on prevention of HIV infection for university teachers will be used for training future teachers. The manual consists of twelve modules on different topics: HIV infection as a socio-economic problem; general information on HIV infection; psychoactive substances and prevention of their use, legal aspects of HIV prevention and drug abuse; sexuality and sexual relations: the influence of gender factors on vulnerability to HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and others.
With the high prevalence of the HIV and AIDS pandemic in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa and the world, there is need to fully develop a workable policy for Teachers' Colleges in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education.The Ministry has seen it prudent to put in place an HIV and AIDS policy specifically designed for teachers' colleges to guide, reinforce and secure a healthy future for all.
This ICHA Fact Sheet (#7) aims at briefly describing how the Ministry is selecting and contracting NGOs to assist in the implementation of the national "Life Skills for HIV and AIDS Education Programme" that is implemented across Cambodia for students, out-of-school youth and street children (also refer to ICHA Fact Sheet #3).