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The AIM of the course is to enable the literacy educators to start and support community AIDS projects.  Educators will work with adult learners to develop solutions to problems caused by HIV and AIDS in the community.

Educators will:

1.    Run discussions with learners to identify social problems caused by HIV and AIDS in the area
2.    Assist learners to choose problems that they want to address
3.    Assist learners to identify solutions to these problems
4.    Assist learners to plan projects to alleviate the social effects of the disease
5.    Set up and manage these projects with the learners
6.    Report to Operation Upgrade on the progress and needs of these projects

Educators will:

1.    Understand the key role of themselves and their learners in leading community initiatives to cope with AIDS
2.    Understand the basic principles and values of community development
3.    Practise running a problem-solving group discussion
4.    Understand the range of projects which are possible for AIDS management and support
5.    Practice project planning
6.    Describe their role as project managers, including motivation and monitoring
7.    Understand how to manage money in a project
8.    Develop and use a reporting system

Course duration: 10 days

The course AIM is to help literacy educators to understand and work with the effects of HIV and AIDS among their literacy learners.

Course content:

Basic AIDS information and Counselling: 2 weeks

  • HIV AIDS transmission and prevention
  • HIV testing
  • The different stages of HIV infection
  • Challenging myths and attitudes
  • Positive living
  • Integration between counselling and HIV/AIDS
  • Basic counselling skills
  • Managing stigma
  • Breaking the news
  • VCT and confidentiality
  • Suicide thoughts
  • Social grants

Home care for terminally ill people: 1 week

Part 1:
  • Learning about the community
  • Health
  • Feelings and attitudes about HIV/AIDS
  • Information about the disease
  • Duties/ responsibilities and volunteers
  • Scope of practice
  • Record-keeping
  • Patient and family care
  • Care of the HIV infected child
  • Healthy life style
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Care of the dying
  • What to do when a patient dies at home
  • Bereavement, spirituality, resources

Part 2:

Practical work on
  • Assessing a patient
  • Bed bathing:
  • Pressure care
  • Tepid sponging
  • Changing linen
  • Lifting and moving patients
  • Mouth care
  • Mixing oral rehydration solution
  • Mixing infant formula
  • Infection control in the home
  • Elimination
  • Medicines
  • Wound management

AIDS and Literacy (3 days)

  • Topics for literacy lessons
  • Role-playing the new lessons
  • Handling difficult questions and situations
  • Using the Family Health Teacher manual
  • The role of the Literacy/ AIDS worker – what is hoped
  • Completing the community profile
  • Completing the monthly reports
  • The Operation Upgrade support system
  • Problems and questions

Course duration: 24 days

HIV and AIDS and literacy learning

The educators in training on the HIV and AIDS course make a list of the AIDS topics they want to cover in literacy lessons.  Then in groups they plan lessons on the basis outlined above.  After the course they make their own lesson plans that incorporate some of the HIV/AIDS topics.

EMSENI Community Centre

We have set up a community centre in KwaNibela, called Emseni Community Centre. (“Emseni” means Place of Kindness.) We have built two large rondavels there, one to accommodate our staff and visitors, and one for storage.

The UNESCO Confucius Prize

“The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to Operation Upgrade of South Africa, for the “KwaNibela Project”, and continues the Organisation’s 40-year history of commitment and change.  Website Hosted by Pro Hosting Internet Services