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Walter Sisulu University champions Hiv/Aids curriculum integration

Nov 8, 2016
Walter Sisulu University champions Hiv/Aids curriculum integration

Walter Sisulu University is looking to expedite its fight against HIV/Aids through the release of its second guide book developed and aimed at integrating HIV/Aids into the institutional curriculum.

Centre for HIV/Aids director Nomvula Twaise said the book would prove critical in combating the scourge of new HIV/Aids infections, denouncing stigma and discrimination, and improving the quality of life of those infected by the virus.

“This is the second edition following the first one which was developed and published in 2012. We have just completed revising and printing the second edition and we’re now ready to disseminate it throughout the University by way of workshops,” said Twaise.

She said faculty representatives who took part in the revision of the guide were assigned to champion the implementation of the integration of HIV/Aids in their faculties by making sure all lecturers get the book and are trained on how to use it.

The guide’s development was steered by two models that were agreed upon by the institution; the integration/infusion model and the stand-alone model. 

“The guide is not prescriptive - it’s designed flexibly enough to be adopted and adapted by the University’s eleven faculties. Its development was guided by the two models. Using the models and other module design criteria, the guide was awarded 16 credits which could be weaved into the programmes as the faculties see fit,” said Twaise.

She was at pains to stress the importance of the endeavour as it seeks to educate, inform and as a result capacitate students with the requisite tools to protect themselves from infection as a result of varied illiteracies about the virus.

Twaise said even if education were completely successful, teaching and learning about HIV/Aids would still have to be an on-going process as new generations of people become adult and need to know how to protect them from infection.

“The older generations, who have hopefully already been educated, may need the message reinforced, and need to be kept informed, so that they are able to protect themselves and inform the youth and children,” she said.

Twaise said the guide will not only benefit WSU but all higher education institutions that come across it.

She said already there are two universities that benefited in the first edition and Higher Education and Training HIV/ Aids Programme is also planning to use this guide as an example to assist South African universities.