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This site is meant to be a resource for those interested and involved with prevention, management, and mitigation of HIV and AIDS in the Education sector. The site builds on the work of the HIV and AIDS in Teacher Education Project (2007–2009) in South African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in which teacher-educators and in-service and pre-service teachers participated. The research carried out as part of that project enabled the establishing of a body of knowledge in the form of published research reports, as well as research articles, aimed at informing and shaping the integration of HIV and AIDS into Higher Education curricula. HEIs can greatly contribute to the mitigation of HIV and AIDS through teaching, research, and community engagement, and as such, this site—collaboratively built—encourages the sharing of best practices, innovative research, and stories of successful community engagement.
 
The restricted side of this site features five key thematic areas in addressing HIV and AIDS, as well as interactive spaces to discuss specific issues, share experiences, and participate in the development of new resources and methods.


FEATURE ON STUDENT LEADERSHIP
Young people around the world are increasingly having a say on their health and wellbeing by networking in creative ways using both new media and the arts. South Africa has been quick to realize the importance of social media and mobile phones with a high-level panel discussion hosted at Stellenbosch University in 2011. Stellenbosch has also embraced educational theatre for awareness through the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management. From 2011–2012, youth from across Eastern and Southern Africa participated in CrowdOutAIDS offline and online forums related to youth leadership on sexual and reproductive health and rights and used collaborative voting and drafting tools to interact with their peers around the world and jointly create a global crowdsourced strategy on youth and HIV to be delivered to policymakers at country level. Citizen co-creation is also what defines the NMMU-Emmanuel Haven Living Lab, which seeks to build participatory solutions to factors associated with HIV and AIDS using mobile technologies and social media within a community hub.

Youth, the Arts, HIV & AIDS Network combines networking at local, national, and global levels and provides young South Africans with a platform for taking the lead in planning innovative educational and policy-related actions that can shape the national AIDS response and inspire across borders. As a teacher educator, you can get ideas for participatory arts-based projects to try out with students or pre-service teachers—see the ‘Wall of Hands’, an anonymous photo activity that can uncover where the gaps lie in university and community responses to HIV.


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