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Life skills education for HIV prevention : a critical analysis

BOLER, Tania

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Challenges conventional wisdom that teaching life skills to young people would reduce HIV infection. The paper suggests that: there is disagreement about the definition of life skills; the introduction of life skills in the curriculum often creates problems, particularly in the schools of poorer countries; and that life skills are action-oriented, and may be alien to cultural contexts where people, especially the youth, are not encouraged to choose. While the paper does not intend to undermine the importance of life skills-based education in HIV contexts, its cautious and critical analysis may provide a useful tool for the improvement of related initiatives

Making a hero book : a guide for facilitators

MORGAN, Jonathan

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This manual describes one of the tools used in "memory work", an approach to helping families and communities cope with HIV and AIDS. Through a series of art exercises and storytelling, children are encouraged to identify their heroes or role models. This process should help children affected by HIV/AIDS to cope with emotions (sadness, fear, anger), and to develop resilience and a positive approach to life. Through the process of developing a book, children are also encouraged to see themselves as heroes, to rely on their strengths and maximise their potential to overcome the problems they might encounter

Using ICT to Fight HIV/AIDS

July 2002

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Technology can play a complementary and useful role in helping combat HIV/AIDS. This report on the AIDSWEB project in secondary schools in Africa explains how they are using information and communications technology (ICT) to promote HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities. The use of ICT complements other IEC campaigns designed to reach youth. The same technology resources holds great promise for reaching youth, who typically embrace the use of the technology for entertainment, learning and communication when given access to these resources. Evidence shows that women almost any level of skill in ICTs increases their self-esteem and has spillover effects into other activities that work toward poverty alleviation.This decreases their susceptibility to economic situations which put them at greater risk of catching HIV/AIDS hence the importance of teaching girls and young women how to use the Internet


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