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  1. Letting them fail: Government neglect and the right to education for children affected by AIDS

    Governments in sub-Saharan Africa have failed to address the extraordinary barriers to education faced by children who are orphaned or otherwise affected by HIV/AIDS. An estimated 43 million school-age children do not attend school in the region. HIV/AIDS has caused unprecedented rates of adult mortality, leaving millions of children without parental care to ensure their access to education. …

  2. HIV/AIDS: the rights of learners and educators

    Schools can be the most important place to discuss the many issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. It is here where facts and information are taught and ideas debated. Education is more than just gaining skills. A sense of respect for others and taking a stand against injustice, inequality and discrimination, is as important as learning to read, write and count. Schools should be a place where we feel safe and comfortable to talk about serious subjects such as HIV/AIDS. A supportive school environment is one where all learners and educators are accepted and treated with respect. …

  3. HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence: who has the power? A challenge for school management in South African schools

    The crucial distinction between power and force in relation to aggressive masculinity needs to be analysed and understood if preventative intervention is to be successful in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This aggressive masculinity undermines the concepts of negotiation and communication emphasized within most prevention programmes. Two related interventions developed by the Canada South Africa Education Management Programme are also described in the paper.

  4. HIV/AIDS and Education: a study on how a selection of school governing bodies in Mpumalanga understand, respond to and implement legislation and policies on HIV/AIDS

    Very little research has been done in South Africa on HIV/AIDS and education. This article is a small attempt to plug the gap. The purpose of the research is to investigate the legal and policy provisions and implications regarding HIV/AIDS for rural and township schools in the Mpumalanga district of South Africa. It seeks to answer three questions: (1) What is the status of policy and legislation on HIV/AIDS and Education in South Africa? (2) How do schools understand, respond to and manage issues of law and policy regarding HIV/AIDS? …

  5. HIV and AIDS in your school. What parents need to know

    This little book is about HIV, AIDS and Education. It has been written by the Department of Education for parents. It has been written to encourage and assist parents to become partners in responding to HIV and AIDS in our schools and communities.The book will answer some basic questions about HIV and AIDS. Most importantly, it will help parents understand how to work together with the school to protect their children against HIV.

  6. Focus: Young People and HIV/AIDS

    Focus: Young People and HIV/AIDS

  7. Factors affecting teaching and learning in South African Public Schools

    Analysing the extent and severity of HIV/AIDS among educators without looking at the broader context within which schools operate, provides only a partial understanding of the immense challenges facing the education sector in South Africa. This study examines material issues affecting the quality of teaching and learning in our schools, both within and external to the classroom environment. The findings reveal significant disparities in conditions, both within and between provinces. …

  8. Educator supply and demand in the South African public education system: integrated report

    Education plays a key role in the development of any society. Responding to the need for empirical evidence on the demand for and supply of public educators in South Africa, the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) commissioned the Human Sciences Research Council-led consortium to conduct nation-wide research on the factors determining educator supply and demand in South African public education system. …

  9. Education sector responses to HIV and AIDS: learning from good practices in Africa

    This document summarises the key issues regarding HIV and AIDS and the education sector and is based primarily on a review of published literature and the Commonwealth Secretariat (Comsec) and Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) regional workshop held from 12 to 14 September 2006 in South Africa. Section 1 briefly reviews HIV and AIDS and the need for an accelerated response. Section 2 focuses on HIV and AIDS and Education Sector Responses.Section 3 highlights the evidence regarding mass campaigns for HIV and AIDS prevention, education and advocacy. …

  10. Develop an HIV and AIDS plan for your school. A guide for school governing bodies and management teams

    This book has been written as a guide for schools to help them to think about and manage the problems that HIV and AIDS bring. The book can help schools and their communities to use the national policy on HIV and AIDS and education to take local action. The book will encourage everyone - school governing bodies, managers, educators and parents to think, plan and act to protect and strengthen schools against the impact of the epidemic.

  11. Bodies Count. AIDS Review 2006

    Bodies Count AIDS Review 2006 discusses the role of education and the response of the educational system to HIV and AIDS. It has long been believed that schools were one of the most effective places to address HIV and AIDS. Indeed AIDS education in schools has often been referred to as a 'social vaccine' equipping young people with a lifetime protection against infection and giving them the means to develop and sustain sexual behaviour that will not carry the risk of infection. …

  12. Beyond access: Transforming policy and practice for gender equality in education

    In a world in which poverty, social prejudice, and poor-quality provision cause an estimated 100 million girls to drop out of school before completing their primary education, it is not enough for governments to pledge themselves to increase girls' access to school. This book presents a vision of a transformational education which would promote social change, enable girls to achieve their full potential, and contribute to the creation of a just and democratic society. …

  13. Aspects of the Law Relating to AIDS: HIV/AIDS and Discrimination in Schools

    This is a report which contains background information on HIV/AIDS and Education issues in South Africa. Contained in this report are copies of media statements on HIV/AIDS and schools, an extract from a working paper which discusses issues on HIV/AIDS and schools and preliminary recommendations, an extract from a committee paper, the South African Schools Act, 1996 and the National Education Policy Act of 1996.

  14. Assessing the impact of HIV/AIDS on the education sector

    This is a proposal clarifying the terms of reference and methodologies used in a study of the impacts of HIV/AIDS on the education sector. The paper looks at understanding the impacts of HIV/AIDS on society and issues of relevance to human resource development in south Africa; internal, or side supply-side, impact and external, or demand-side, impact.

  15. Safe haven for girls: can teachers challenge gender violence?

    Introduces a manual developed for South Africa on how to hold 8 interactive workshops with school management to increase awareness and mobilise action towards gender violence in schools. This paper discusses current challenges for government to prioritise the problem including making it part of the national curriculum

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