gives R390 000 to HIV/AIDS project
Business must get actively involved says
Motor Company of Southern Africa, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
Municipality of Port Elizabeth, Department of Education and
an intersectoral project team comprising of NGOs (Life Line,
PPASA, Scripture Union) and the Health and Development Research
Institute of the University of Port Elizabeth have combined
forces in the fight against HIV/Aids.
on April 1, 2001, they will be introducing an intersectorial
HIV/Aids pilot study involving 6th and 7th Grade pupils in
40 schools in the Port Elizabeth area. The programme is called
the "Life Skills Programme Focusing on HIV/Aids Education
for Primary School Youth".
place over a period of 12 months, the primary objective of
the Pilot Study is to test the hypothesis that "Effective
implementation of the National Life Skills HIV/Aids Education
Programme needs ongoing support for Teachers and alters Knowledge,
Attitude and Perceptions in Learners".
purpose, a monitoring and evaluation procedure will be an
integral part of the Life Skills and HIV/Aids education intervention
model and will incorporate a structured intervention research
component, which will run concurrently with the implementation
of the programme.
on the final evaluation of the Pilot Study, it is intended
that an effective implementation model will be developed for
wider dissemination throughout the district and the Province,
with the intention of eventually expanding the project nationwide.
team consists of the Port Elizabeth Department of Health,
the Department of Education, Ford Motor Company of Southern
Africa, the University of Port Elizabeth and three Non-Government
Organisations, namely: the Scripture Union, the Planned Parenthood
Association of Port Elizabeth and Life Line.
Motor Company, through the Centres for Disease Control (CDC),
has made almost R390 000 available to fund this project.
mission of the Project Group is to identify and implement
an effective, culturally acceptable Life Skills and HIV/Aids
education programme for Grades 6 and 7 Primary School youth
in the Port Elizabeth District, to empower these learners
with the knowledge and decision making skills to promote appropriate
sexual behavioural practices which prevent the transmission
of HIV/Aids," says Nune Mgoduka, Director of Education
for the Port Elizabeth Department of Education.
have chosen to include only Primary Schools in this Pilot
Study as behavioural and bio-medical studies have shown that
sexual activity and HIV infections are very low among girls
and boys under the age of 15 years."
by the age of 15, risks rise steeply hence it is vital to
reach and influence adolescents before reaching this age.
School aids prevention initiatives offer an opportunity of
reaching large numbers of adolescents," says Mr. Mgoduka.
and 80 Teachers in Grades 6 and 7 in 40 primary schools (out
of a total 176) in Port Elizabeth will participate in the
all participating teachers will undergo initial training,
only twenty schools will implement the programme with ongoing
teacher support by the participating NGO's. The other 20 will
receive no further support. The two groups will be monitored
and evaluated throughout the twelve months to establish the
difference and progress that can be made when ongoing NGO
support is provided.
are delighted to participate in this exciting and extremely
necessary initiative," says Marcos S. Oliveira, CEO and
Group MD for the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. "The
future of South Africa lies with our youth and it is essential
that we do everything in our power to eradicate HIV/Aids from
guidance we expect to get from the results of the Pilot Study
will allow us, as a Company, to introduce an effective Life
Skills HIV/Aids Awareness programme in the Port Elizabeth
area, as well as in those schools in our neighbouring communities
in Pretoria where most of our employees live. We believe that,
in this matter, our responsibility is not just to our employees
but to their families as well."
are hopeful that the Department of Education will draw on
the results of the Pilot Study and adopt a framework which
could be implemented on a national basis. Also, it is hoped
that other companies will implement their own HIV/Aids Awareness
programmes throughout South Africa. It is not practical to
expect the Government to address the HIV/Aids pandemic in
this country on their own. Business must get actively involved,"
Motor Company of Southern Africa has established itself as
a corporate leader in the fight against HIV/Aids and, during
October 2000, the CDC awarded the Company its Organisational
Award for a U.S. based company with an international presence.
The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa was the only company
outside the USA to receive the award, which recognises the
exemplary workplace program put together by FMCSA and the
contribution made by the Company towards educating other employers
in the area of HIV/AIDS.