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The role of life orientation in addressing HIV/AIDS in Kwa-zulu Natal secondary schools

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dc.contributor.advisor Dicker, M. A. (Dr.)
dc.contributor.author Vethe, Calson Bhekithemba
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-24T11:21:05Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-24T11:21:05Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02
dc.identifier.citation Vethe, Calson Bhekithemba (2011) The role of life orientation in addressing HIV/AIDS in Kwa-zulu Natal secondary schools, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4432> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4432
dc.description.abstract The Department of Education is promoting HIV/AIDS education programmes in the public schools of South Africa, particularly through the subject Life Orientation. Therefore, this study investigates the role of Life Orientation in addressing HIV/AIDS in KwaZulu-Natal secondary schools. Different role-players were evaluated to ascertain their attitudes and beliefs about Life Orientation and HIV/AIDS. The examination of different role-players was undertaken to establish the significance of their attitudes and beliefs on the success or failure of the Life Orientation based sex and HIV education programmes in the schools. An attempt was also made to find a relevant definition of the subject Life Orientation that contains the meaning and the purpose of the subject. Teachers were found to be uncertain about an appropriate definition that carries the meaning of Life Orientation; hence they tend to define it by its components such as Life skills, physical education, decision-making, HIV education and others. The study also sought to establish the impact of sex education embedded in Life Orientation on the fight against HIV/AIDS. Sex education was examined to determine whether it encourages or reduces youth sexual activities. In order for teachers to be able to use Life Orientation content to drive sex and HIV education programmes, it had to be ascertained if they were informed or not about HIV/AIDS. The questionnaire carried out an extensive assessment of teachers’ knowledge, attitudes and their personal stance on HIV/AIDS. This study established that training of teachers in both Life Orientation and HIV/AIDS provides them with knowledge which enables them to positively handle sex and HIV education programmes in the classroom. It was for this reason that the study made recommendations with regard to training and support programmes to ensure that teachers are adequately equipped for effective implementation of the subject Life Orientation in the National Curriculum Statement. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xv, 223 leaves : ill.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Life Orientation en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject Unsafe sex en
dc.subject Puberty en
dc.subject Adolescence en
dc.subject Sexuality en
dc.subject Abstinence en
dc.subject Sex education en
dc.subject Drug abuse en
dc.subject.ddc 362.19697920712684
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal
dc.subject.lcsh Life skills -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal
dc.subject.lcsh Health education (Secondary) -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal
dc.title The role of life orientation in addressing HIV/AIDS in Kwa-zulu Natal secondary schools en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Educational Studies
dc.description.degree D. Ed. (Curriculum Studies)


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