Can we use young people's knowledge to develop teachers and HIV-related education?

SOURCE: Prospects
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2011
TITLE AUTHOR(S): C.McLaughlin, S.Swartz
KEYWORDS: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION, HIV/AIDS, TEACHER TRAINING
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 7034

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Abstract

Despite recent progress in meeting the goals of the Education for All agenda, certain groups of young people are particularly vulnerable to exclusion and underachievement, including children with HIV/AIDS, children living in poverty, and children with disabilities. HIV/AIDS has reduced many young people's rights to access education, to live a full and healthy life, and to have a life as a child. This article focuses on attempts to continue to empower young people to protect themselves from HIV by exploring the dynamics around HIV-related education in schools, in particular by examining the role that young people's knowledge can play in improving curricula and thus reducing HIV/AIDS rates. The authors draw on qualitative research in a total of eight schools in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. Preliminary findings suggest that pupil consultation and dialogue can be used to inform thinking on the curriculum for HIV education.