South Africa, Namibia: Pupils Are Helped to Avoid AIDS, Plan for Future
June 20, 2008
Star Schools, a school-based HIV/AIDS prevention project founded in KwaZulu-Natal province, was the runner-up at the Global Business Coalition's annual business awards ceremony this month in New York.
It is this approach that impressed the coalition, a group of more than 220 companies working to make HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria a global priority, said spokesperson David Stearns. "We definitely like the approach. It's holistic, it's not just about AIDS prevention, it's about how to make better choices in your whole life and to build self-esteem. As someone said, it's mental vaccination."
Star Schools has a three-year implementation period. After three years, schools take "ownership" of the project, though Thanda's Jobs, AIDS, Conservation Initiative (JAC) continues to provide support for another two years.
In addition to reducing HIV prevalence, the project has helped boost attendance and grades and reduce teenage pregnancy, said Magnus Karlberg, director of JAC.
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