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ERIC Number: EJ785085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Mediating HIV/AIDS Strategies in Children's Literature in Zimbabwe
Ngoshi, Hazel Tafadzwa; Pasi, Juliet Sylvia
Children's Literature in Education, v38 n4 p243-251 Dec 2007
The Ministry of Education and Culture in Zimbabwe has introduced an intervention into the school curricula to complement the already existing mechanisms in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The literature in this programme is said to be designed to develop children's knowledge of HIV/AIDS and to maximise both individual and community commitment to the safest protective behaviour possible. This paper argues that despite the Ministry's efforts there is a dearth of such literature which would depict human relations and experiences in the context of HIV/AIDS in the corpus of Zimbabwean children's literature in schools. It proposes that more fiction about HIV/AIDS could effectively complement the current non-fictional texts used in most Zimbabwean schools. This paper seeks therefore, to clarify the need for fictional narratives in which the disease plays a part since they will provide the main context in which young children learn to cope with the realities associated with HIV/AIDS through education. It posits that Zimbabwean children's literature should also depict the conceptual framework within which health, human interaction and sexuality are understood in relation to the epidemic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe