Integration of life skills and HIV/AIDS into the South African schools' life orientation curriculum creating a model for NGO’s’
This research was conducted with a group of 24 Health Care workers/trainers working for an NGO, teaching Life Skills and HIV/AIDS in 24 different township schools. These trainers have been trained in an Aligned programme including SAQA Unit Standards on facilitating learning, Life Skills issues as well as HIV/AIDS. The training was based on the fact that they facilitate learning during the Life Orientation lessons, hence the integration of Life Skills and HIV/AIDS into the Life Orientation Curriculum. This programme is not a loose standing programme, but forms part of the LO Curriculum. Not only were they trained, but the result of the training was a formulated product which led to the producing of lesson plans, learning activities and worksheets for Grade R to Grade 10 in their teaching. Through this there is now a training manual for each trainer, consisting of 320 different lessons. This will form the basis of their involvement and training in each respective school, but will also create consistency and uniformity in the actual presentation of the lessons. The learners will have specific work sheets for each lesson. Any time a new trainer has to start with a different group of learners, he/she can refer to the training manual and in doing so, not lose momentum in the process of actualisation of the learning. In training the NGO Health workers, the aim is to develop their teaching strategies, adding confidence to their lesson planning and presentation. With the formalisation of this programme the Life Orientation educator is aided in his/her assessment of the learners in his/her class. This training process and self-development of the trainers aims to become a model to other NGO’s involved in similar endeavours.