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Short Course in Managing HIV and AIDS in Schools - Contact Tuition

Interests: HIV and AIDS


It is essential that school managers are equipped with the knowledge, tools and resources to deal with the ravaging affects of HIV/AIDS on their staff and learners in a holistic way. Staff may be absent or not in class due to illness, learners are vulnerable through loss of parental support and across the school quality learning is challenged due to the impact of HIV/AIDS. This can be changed if school managers are given the right tools and resources to deal with the pandemic appropriately.

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Who Should Enrol

Three participants from each school including:

  • the Principal or Deputy Principal
  • a member of the SMT or HOD
  • an Educator who represents the wellness programme (EAP) or the School Based Support Team (SBST)

Learning Approach

The programme is designed to give participants a holistic perspective so that they can address the complex, unstructured problems of management in a changing school environment with confidence. In order to achieve this, FPD incorporates the following learning methodologies:

  • Modular format supported with pre-course learning materials

    This short course is supported with customised workbooks that incorporate key concepts, activities, case studies, readings and “think points”:

    Participants must be prepared to invest 5-7 hours of self-study per week, for the duration of the programme in order to complete the pre-course materials prior to the full-time workshops

  • Learning through action

    FPD use a variety of teaching methods to maximise active and participative learning including industry guest speakers, case discussions, lectures, group work and presentations.

  • Assignments

    Participants are required to develop and implement their School HIV programme and will be evaluated on their efforts in a feedback session 2-3 months after the workshop.

Course Content

  • Understanding HIV
  • Situational Analysis of HIV/AIDS in South Africa and beyond
  • Impact of HIV/AIDS on South Africa and the education sector
  • Responding to HIV/AIDS as a school
  • Resources available to support schools around HIV/AIDS
  • Developing a school response and HIV programme
  • Implementing a HIV programme in schools
  • Monitoring the impact of HIV programmes in schools
  • Feedback session


Participants are assessed through an assignment that will consist of the design and implementation of a complete HIV programme for each participating school.


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should fully attend the workshop and feedback session as well as successfully complete the assignment.