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    South African Journal of Education

    Print version ISSN 0256-0100

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    WOOD, Lesley  and  GOBA, Linda. Care and support of orphaned and vulnerable children at school: helping teachers to respond. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.2, pp. 275-290. ISSN 0256-0100.

    It is acknowledged that teacher training programmes around HIV in most of sub-Saharan Africa appear not to have been very effective in assisting teachers to respond to the demands placed on them by the pandemic. In response to the need identified by international development agencies, for research into teacher education and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, this study investigated teacher perceptions of the effectiveness of training programmes offered in a specific school district in South Africa to equip them to deal with issues arising from having orphans and vulnerable children in their classrooms. A qualitative research design was followed to purposively select teachers who had attended the departmental training to participate in focus groups to explore the phenomenon of teaching orphaned and vulnerable children. The findings that emerged from the thematic data analysis provided supporting evidence that current teacher education approaches in this regard are not perceived to be effective. The results are used to suggest guidelines for an alternative approach to the current forms of HIV and AIDS training for teachers that is more likely to be sustainable, culturally appropriate and suited to the context.

    Keywords : in-service teacher education; HIV and AIDS; orphans; quality of education; teacher education; vulnerable children.

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