Our child friendly Introduction to South Africa’s National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS, TB and STI’s (2012-2016) has been sent to 28 000 schools across South Africa. The Poster will enable discussion in classrooms everywhere around the following topics:
- The Increased Risks of getting HIV
- Definitions associated with HIV
- Learning more about HIV
- HIV counselling and testing in schools
- Teen Pregnancy
- Attitudes, Stigma and Discrimination
The Poster gives teachers fun activities that can be done with the class to stimulate discussion on hard issues affecting students in the National Strategic Plan. It has been designed to allow children a chance to participate in these discussions as is encouraged by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which we are signatories.
The National Integrated School Health Policy mentions that the, “Strengthening of school health services represents one of the key components of the health sectors efforts to re-engineer and strengthen primary health care delivery, whilst within the education sector provision of school health services is a key component of the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning(CSTL) programme which aims to realise the educational rights of all children, including those who are most vulnerable, through schools becoming inclusive centres of learning, care and support”
This is one of those tools designed by the Yezingane Network and the Children’s Rights Centre to bring about the discussion on the National Strategic Plan (2012-2016), in line with the Integrated School Health Policy to realise as mentioned the educational rights of all children.
The Network will be involved in engaging with schools nationwide, within our available resources, as a support base for schools requiring additional information relating to children’s rights and the National Strategic Plan. We look forward to hearing responses from the schools as we all work together to make children healthier and happier.