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  1. The health of our educators: A focus on HIV/AIDS in South African public schools

    The evidence presented in this report shows that the health of our educators is a source of concern because the prevalence of HIV is high. The determinants are multiple: behavioural, knowledge deficit, lack of self-efficacy skills, migratory practices, gender, and alcohol misuse. Chronic conditions such as hypertension, stomach ulcers, arthritis and diabetes are common. The report also shows that our country is likely to lose a very high proportion of educators due to job dissatisfaction, job stress and low morale. …

  2. The HIV/AIDS Emergency. Guidelines for Educators

    These guidelines are based on the National Policy on HIV/AIDS for Learners and Educators in Public Schools, and Students and Educators in Further Education and Training institutions of the Department of Education (South Africa).

  3. The American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation and the Kenya National Union of Teachers Prevention and Access to Treatment Program. Report submitted to the American Federation of Teachers Education Foundation/The Kenya National Union of Teachers/USAID

    The Prevention and Treatment Access (PTA) program of the American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation (AFT-EF) is a unique partnership designed to strengthen the capacity of the 230,000-member Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) to implement effective HIV/AIDS interventions for Kenyan teachers and other stakeholders in the education sector. The PTA partners work in close cooperation with the Kenya Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), the Teacher Service Commission (TSC), the National AIDS Control Counsel (NACC) and USAID. …

  4. Teaching at Risk - Teacher Mobility and Loss in Commonwealth Member States

    This report results from a long series of efforts by members of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Ministers, and friends of the Commonwealth to develop international understanding of the teaching profession and the global challenge of teacher loss. According to the October 2002 seminal study by UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the number of school-aged children outpaced the growth in the number of teachers worldwide in the 1990s, packing classrooms in some developing countries with as many as 100 students per teacher. …

  5. Teachers matter: Baseline findings on the HIV-related needs of Kenyan teachers

    This study was motivated by concerns that teachers are an important national resource yet have been overlooked by workplace HIV and AIDS programs. Study findings show that teachers are in need of teacher-centered programs that provide education and services related to HIV prevention, care and support, and stigma reduction.

  6. Teachers Service Commission sub-sector workplace policy on HIV and AIDS

    The Teachers Service Commission workforce has not been spared by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and in response the Commission has developed a policy to address this crisis. The sub-sector policy aims at providing guidance to the management of employees who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS and prevention of further infections. The sub-sector policy also defines the TSC's position and practices within the multisectoral response to HIV and AIDS pandemic. …

  7. Teacher supply, recruitment and retention in six Anglophone sub-Saharan African countries. A report on a survey conducted by Education International in The Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

    The purpose of this survey was to investigate teacher supply, teacher attrition, teacher remuneration and motivation, teacher absenteeism and union involvement in policy development in six Anglophone African countries. These are: The Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Tanzania Uganda and Zambia. The survey data or information was collected by means of a questionnaire and through country visits (interviews and discussion groups) and document analysis. …

  8. Teacher mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: an update

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic is expected to have a catastrophic impact on teachers in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also widely asserted that teachers themselves are a relatively high-risk group with respect to HIV infection. This note presents the most recent information that is available on HIV prevalence and mortality rates among teachers in ten countries, which are among the most seriously affected by the epidemic, namely South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

  9. Teacher Service Commissions and the challenges of HIV and AIDS

    In March 2003, personnel from education ministries in the four countries in the UNESCO-Nairobi cluster grouping (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda) met for the first cluster consultation on HIV, AIDS and education. There was general consensus at the meeting that Ministries of Education need to pay greater attention to issues of management, care and support, coordination, and protecting the overall quality of education. …

  10. Supporting HIV-positive teachers in east and southern Africa: technical consultation report, 30 November - 1 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya

    The technical consultation brought together a range of different stakeholders including ministries of education, teachers' unions and HIV-positive teachers' networks from six countries: Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The participants reviewed actions at global, country and community levels, examined barriers and success factors to responding to the needs of HIV-positive teachers, and made recommendations on how challenges can be overcome. The pivotal role of HIV-positive teachers' networks and teachers' unions was highlighted throughout the event.

  11. School as a workplace in Kenya: evaluation of the teachers matter HIV/AIDS project

    Countless HIV/AIDS interventions rely on teachers to deliver vital prevention messages to their students but do not target the teachers as direct beneficiaries, even though the teachers themselves are at risk of HIV infection. In 2004, the Horizons Program of Population Council embarked on an operations research initiative to test the feasibility of implementing a teacher-centered workplace program based in schools. The study was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE), the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), and UNICEF. …

  12. Primary School Teachers' Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on HIV/AIDS, Life Skills, Gender and Sexuality

    This research was conducted using both the quantitative and qualitative approaches in order to assess comprehensively, the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of primary school teachers, student teachers, and other stakeholders in the education system with regard to life skills, gender, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. The purpose was to provide adequate information to guide the introduction of an HIV/AIDS and life skills programme in primary schools and teachers training colleges. …

  13. Potential attrition in education: the impact of job satisfaction, morale, workload and HIV/AIDS

    The decision to change one's job is usually preceded by a process of job evaluation and determining alternative employment opportunities. Dissatisfaction with the workplace can be a strong incentive to seek alternative opportunities. This study focuses on the role played by job satisfaction, morale and HIV/AIDS in educator attrition. The responses of educators who considered leaving their jobs were compared to the responses of those preferring to stay. …

  14. Policy on HIV/AIDS for Teachers' Colleges

    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.

  15. Mitigating HIV/AIDS' impacts on the civil service and teachers in sub-Saharan Africa: issue overview and strategy layout.

    HIV/AIDS impacts civil servants and teachers in Sub-Saharan Africa. No comprehensive strategy has been implemented to mitigate the ill-effects of the pandemic on the civil service and teaching workforce. As a result, the whole region faces severe development challenges; HIV/AIDS impacts can effectively retrogress any and all development gains made in the past decades here. …

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