There is a generation of young people who do not understand the nuances of sexual behaviour, nor the biology of HIV transmission. A generation of youth who do not recognize the difference between sex and love and abuse.... from our feedback we can see that the engagement of an 8 lesson program has such a profound impact on the way these youths (particularly girls) view the world and themselves and the way they operate in it. Our job is to reinforce that messaging – and to make sure that they have the confidence and the skills to continue feeling in charge of their lives. This means accessing as many schools as we can reach and working with our Department of Education (DoE) partners to mainstream the program into the provincial and national curricula in the medium to long term.
Social stigma and unwillingness to be tested for infection, has contributed significantly to the spread of HIV&AIDS. Women, in particular, have been the victims of coercion and gender-based violence from their husbands and sexual partners who refuse to use condoms.
HIV&ME, Regency’s flagship education program in South Africa, is centred on enabling and empowering healthy and considered choices around sexual behaviour, promoting responsible decisions that lead to healthy and productive lives.
HIV&ME SCHOOLS PROGRAM
The program modules equip participants to talk about sex and the situations they are faced with and seek to inspire them to really consider the consequences of their behaviour and the choices they make. Issues around stigma, gender bias, and cultural challenges are addressed and participants are provided with the skills to negotiate difficult or uncomfortable situations in order to better facilitate responsible decision making.
With an Emphasis on SUSTAINABILITY and CHANGE MANAGEMENT FOR RESPONSIBLE DECISION MAKING, HIV&ME facilitators train educators on content and methodology who in turn deliver the lessons to learners. Schools are engaged over a four year period with reinforcement training as well as ongoing support, monitoring and evaluation.
Monitoring and evaluation includes:
- Pre and Post Implementation KAP Surveys with learners to review changes in Knowledge Attitude and intended Practice
- Workshop Evaluation with educators on training workshop, program content & methodology, and facilitator competence
- Telephone support and monitoring of in-classroom lesson delivery
- Qualitative feedback from learners, educators and school management
- Impact Assessment through stakeholder indicator analysis