Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Higher Education boost for HIV/Aids resource literature

PROUD: Dean of Students, Cora Motale (in blue pashmina), Prof Anthony Staak, DVC: Learning and Teaching (in red tie) and the project’s collaborators during the launch PROUD: Dean of Students, Cora Motale (in blue pashmina), Prof Anthony Staak, DVC: Learning and Teaching (in red tie) and the project’s collaborators during the launch

Three books targeting students about HIV/Aids and general wellness have been produced at CPUT and will be rolled out across higher education institutions.

The guidebooks were revealed during the recent HIV Curriculum Integration Book Launch at the Protea Hotel in Durbanville.

The initiative was a pilot project funded by the Higher Education HIV/Aids programme (HEAIDS) and the objectives include strengthening the capacity of lecturers to integrate HIV/Aids into university and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college curricula as well as proposing ways of addressing gaps regarding HIV/AIDS issues in the respective curricula.

The HIV/Aids Unit, in collaboration with Student Counselling, Nursing Department and the office of DVC: Teaching and Learning, made history by developing the first booklet of its kind in South Africa titled, “Student Guide: Roadmap to your social, mental and physical wellbeing”.

This interactive book can be used by university and TVET college students not only as a guide to their holistic wellness, but also for their HIV-related projects and workshops.

The second book titled, “Guide 4 Life: Wellness Guide”, emanates from HIV/Aids workshops held with students in the Department of Office Management and Technology and is about equipping people to protect their health.

The Tabeisa textbook titled “How2BAidsAware” was previously published more than 10 years ago, but the HEAIDS funds made it possible to publish its second edition that will be used by CPUT’s Information Technology Management lecturers.

Information Technology Management and Office Management and Technology already have HIV/Aids integrated into their curricula as credit-bearing modules.

These resource books will be available at all CPUT libraries as well as Blackboard and can be purchased through the HIV/Aids Unit.

“We will soon be going on a road show to the different campuses to create further awareness of the integration of HIV into the curricula amongst academics and student leadership,” says Melanie Marais, head of HIV/Aids Unit.

Written by Kwanele Butana

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