The Horizons program of the Population Council embarked on an operations research initiative in Kenya 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, the Kenya Institute of Education, the Teachers Service Commission, and UNICEF. Called Teachers Matter, the project’s main audience was primary and secondary school teachers. The purpose of the research was to assess whether such a program would improve teachers’ HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors; increase the proportion of teachers seeking voluntary testing and counseling; and enhance their ability to cope with HIV-related issues in the workplace. The results suggest that a teacher-centered peer education program can be successful in increasing an overall level of openness and comfort surrounding HIV issues in the school setting.
Kiragu, Karusa, Caroline Mackenzie, Jennifer Weiss, Murungaru Kimani, and Debbie Gachuhi. 2008. "School as a workplace in Kenya: Evaluation of the Teachers Matter HIV/AIDS project," Horizons Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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