An evaluation study conducted in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, provides important insights into whether learners who participated in a fact-based, interactive course had more knowledge about HIV risks, prevention, and care practices; more positive attitudes toward prevention practices and people living with HIV and AIDS; and a higher prevalence of reported safe behaviors than comparable learners who did not participate in the course. Results show that the Life Skills Grade 9 Curriculum had a positive impact of students’ knowledge of HIV/AIDS, attitudes about abstinence, and intention to use condoms. There was, however, no evidence of increased adoption of such protective behaviors as abstinence and condom use. Teachers’ skills, comfort level, and effectiveness are likely to improve with experience. A number of recommendations emerged from the study that aim to improve teacher preparation and support as well as the overall program.
Reddy, Priscilla, Shegs James, and Ann P. McCauley. 2005. "Programming for HIV prevention in South African schools: A report on program implementation," Horizons Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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