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ERIC Number: EJ1150251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0256-0100
Redefining Home-School-Community Partnerships in South Africa in the Context of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
van Wyk, Noleen; Lemmer, Eleanor
South African Journal of Education, v27 n2 p301-316 2007
Estimates suggest that approximately 12% of South Africans are HIV positive. As a result of the rapid increase of infections in the mid-1990s and the concomitant increase in HIV/AIDS-related deaths, it is estimated that 13% of children have lost one or both parents due to AIDS. In this study data were obtained by open-ended written accounts by teachers and in-depth interviews with teachers and school principals in a small sample of selected schools in KwaZulu-Natal. Findings indicated that in severely affected communities, teachers were often compelled to assume roles traditionally filled by parents. AIDS awareness programmes formed part of the schools' curriculum. However, many schools did not consider involving grandparents, other caregivers and community members in the physical, emotional and cognitive support needed by learners because teachers lacked training and schools lacked a policy of parent and community involvement in education of learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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