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Education Minister Angie Motshekga Says the Department is Ready for the New Year as Schools Reopen

Education Minister Angie Motshekga said yesterday that the Department has delivered 98% of textbooks to inland areas, ahead of schools opening today. Motshekga recently settled a case out of court with NGO Equal Education who got her to agree to establish a minimum standard for infrastructure in schools.

The Low Achievement TrapOld Enough To KnowBooks and BabiesAcademic Interaction with Social Partners Community, Self and IdentityRealising the Dream

HSRC Press has published a number of titles that address the issues in the education system and other societal problems that children may face during their schooling years. The Low Achievement Trap looks at the differences between a Grade Six maths class in South Africa compared its equivalent in Botswana. Old Enough To Know is a study of sex education in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, while Books and Babies looks at the issues facing learners dealing with pregnancy and parenting while still in school. Academic Interaction with Social Partners and Community, Self and Identity examine higher education and the role of universities in social development and Realising the Dream looks at unlearning the “logic of race” in schools.

At least 98 percent of textbooks had been delivered to inland schools ahead of the first day of school on Wednesday, the basic education department said.

“We are ready for day one,” Minister Angie Motshekga said in a statement on Tuesday.

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  • Academic Interaction with Social Partners : Investigating the contribution of universities to economic and social development by Glenda Kruss, Mariette Visser, Mogau Aphane, Genevieve Haupt
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  • Community, Self and Identity: Educating South African university students for citizenship edited by Brenda Leibowitz, Leslie Swartz, Vivienne Bozalek, Ronelle Carolissen, Lindsey Nicholls, Poul Rohleder
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  • Old Enough To Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa by Colleen McLaughlin, Sharlene Swartz, Susan Kiragu, Shelina Walli, Mussa Mohamed
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Sharlene Swartz and Others Deliver Presentation on Old Enough to Know

Old Enough To KnowThree of the authors of Old Enough to Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa, Colleen McLaughlin, Susan Kiragu and Sharlene Swartz, recently delivered a seminar on the subject of their book via video conferencing.

McLaughlin, Kiragu and Swartz were joined in conversation by Arvin Bhana, Ariane de Lannoy, Sana Mmolai, Duncan Scott and Leickness Simbayi. The HSRC has made a version of the presentation available online.

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Video: Authors of Old Enough to Know Give Children Innovative Tools to Talk About Sex

Old Enough To KnowThe authors of Old Enough To Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa, Colleen McLaughlin, Sharlene Swartz, Susan Kiragu, Mussa Mohamed and Shelina Walli, spent two years finding out just how much children already know about sex. They worked with children aged approximately 12 years and used the innovative photo-voice method to allow the children to share the sources that they learnt about sex from. The children were given cameras and told to photograph the people and places that they were getting their information from.

Cambridge University spoke to McLaughlin about what their research revealed:

In the absence of a cure or vaccine for HIV/AIDS, educating children about safe sex is regarded by many as the primary means for prevention – the United Nations and others have described it as “the social vaccine” – but the question of how best to do this has long been debated.

The need for such efforts remains acute but is fraught with difficulty as deep-rooted socio-cultural, religious and moral constraints remain barriers to effective sex education across Africa and beyond.

This video explains what the project is about and shows some of the photographs that the children took as part of the research:

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  • Old Enough To Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa by Colleen McLaughlin, Sharlene Swartz, Susan Kiragu, Shelina Walli and Mussa Mohamed
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Sameer Lakhani and Karl Gernetzky Report on Old Enough to Know Launch

Old Enough To KnowThe Aga Khan University recently hosted a workshop to mark the launch of Old Enough To Know: Consulting children about sex and AIDS education in Africa. Sameer Lakhani from Aga Khan University and Karl Gernetzky of Business Day reported on the event, where AIDS education amidst cultural, religious and moral restraints, was one of the issues discussed:

The Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED), East Africa held an event and workshop to launch the book “Old Enough To Know: Consulting children about sex and AIDS education in Africa, which is the culmination of a joint research project between the AKU-IED in Tanzania and the Commonwealth Education Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.

This book describes a compelling study concerning children’s knowledge about sex and particularly in context of HIV and AIDS. It was conducted with a sample of eight public secondary schools in three countries in sub-Saharan Africa – Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. The book has been jointly written by Shelina Walli and Mussa Mohamed (Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development, Tanzania) and Colleen McLaughlin and Susan Kiragu (University of Cambridge).

PRIMARY school pupils were far more willing to talk about the risks and role of sex in their communities than adults realised, but teachers lacked sufficient preparation and confidence to deal with the issue, experts in education, children’s rights and HIV/AIDS said yesterday.

While sex education in schools is controversial, due to cultural, religious and moral restraints, many point to SA’s HIV/AIDS rate. Statistics such as the 24,4% pregnancy rate among girls in grades 8-11 shown by the 2008 South African National Youth at Risk Survey were a reason for schools to tackle the issue.

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  • Old Enough To Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa by Colleen McLaughlin, Sharlene Swartz, Susan Kiragu, Shelina Walli, Mussa Mohamed
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Video: Colleen McLaughlin Presents Research Report on Education and Sexuality

Old Enough To KnowColleen McLaughlin, co-author of Old Enough To Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa, presented a report at Cambridge University on research conducted by the ASKAIDS team. The research focused on how young people contextualise and gain their knowledge about sexuality.

Watch the video of the presentation, courtesy the University of Cambridge:

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  • Old Enough To Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa by Colleen McLaughlin, Sharlene Swartz, Susan Kiragu, Shelina Walli, Mussa Mohamed
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Sharlene Swartz Emphasises the Importance of Sex Education at the Launch of Old Enough To Know

Old Enough To KnowThe Mail & Guardian’s Victoria John attended the launch of Old Enough To Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa at which co-author, Sharlene Swartz, addressed the need for exposure to sex education in African schools. In a report of the event John quotes Swartz as saying that “we must stop thinking that if kids don’t know about sex it will protect them against diseases and pregnancy”:

Children in sub-Saharan Africa are highly aware of the sexualised world they live in and are at dire risk falling pregnant or contracting HIV/Aids or both as teenagers if they are treated as mere innocents, a recent Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Cambridge University study has found.

And children themselves say they want to discuss sex — because they see evidence of it all around them in any case.

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  • Old Enough To Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa by Colleen McLaughlin, Sharlene Swartz, Susan Kiragu, Shelina Walli and Mussa Mohamed
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Introducing Old Enough To Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa

Old Enough To KnowThis compelling study, comprising a sample of eight schools in three countries in sub-Saharan Africa – Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania, examines the sources, contents and processes of children´s community-based sexual knowledges and asks how these knowledges interact with AIDS education programmes in school.

Old Enough To Know showcases the possibilities of consulting pupils using engaging, interactive and visual methods including digital still photography, mini-video documentaries, as well as interviews and observations. These innovative methods allow children to speak freely and openly in contexts where talking about sex to adults is a cultural taboo.

The study also sheds fresh light on teachers´ fears and struggles with a lack of training and limited opportunities for reflection on practice. It engages in dialogue with conflicting voices of community stakeholders who are both aware of the dangers faced by children living in a world with AIDS and who are also afraid of the many cultural, religious and moral restraints to sex education in Africa.

About the authors

Colleen McLaughlin (UK), PhD, is Deputy Head of Faculty at the Faculty of Education University of Cambridge, where she is responsible for international initiatives. She is also a project leader in the Centre for Commonwealth Education. She has a lifelong interest in the psychosocial aspects of education and has worked on the personal and social aspects of education, including sex education, for the last thirty years. Other recent research has included research on of bullying and difference, and counselling interventions with children and young people. Her recent publications include The Supportive School: Wellbeing and the Young Adolescent (2011)(with J Gray, M Galton, B Clark, & J Symonds. Cambridge: Scholars Press); Networking Practitioner Research (2007) (C McLaughlin, K Black-Hawkins & D McIntyre. London: Routledge) and Researching Schools: Stories from a Schools–University Partnership for Educational Research (2006) (C McLaughlin, K Black-Hawkins, S Brindley, D McIntyre & K Taber, London: Routledge).

Sharlene Swartz (South Africa), PhD, is a sociologist and Research Director in the Human and Social Development research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. She is also a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Commonwealth Education, University of Cambridge, UK. She has undergraduate degrees in science (University of the Witwatersrand) and theology (University of Zululand), both in South Africa, and holds a masters degree from Harvard University and a PhD in the Sociology of Education from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research interests focus on youth and poverty, social inequality, the sociology of morality and masculine moralities. She is the author of Teenage Tata (Cape Town, HSRC Press, 2009 with A Bhana), The moral ecology of South Africa’s township youth (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009; Johannesburg: Wits Press, 2010) and Moral Education in sub-Saharan Africa: Culture, economics, conflict and AIDS (London: Routledge, 2011, co-edited with M Taylor).

Susan Kiragu (Kenya), PhD, is a social scientist, and a Research Associate at the Centre for Commonwealth Education, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. She has undergraduate and masters’ degrees in education from Kenyan universities, and a masters degree and a PhD in education from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests are centred in Africa – especially on HIV/AIDS and sexuality education, and gender and education. She has published in journals such as Journal of Moral Education, Qualitative Research and Sex Education, in addition to a number of book chapters.

Shelina Walli (Tanzania) is assistant lecturer at Aga Khan University, Institute of Educational Development East Africa (AKU IED-EA), based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters of Education (Teacher Education) from AKU IED-EA. Her master’s thesis considered the integration of HIV/AIDS education into the pre-school curriculum. She has a passion for early childhood and has been in the field of education in various capacities for 20 years.

Mussa Mohamed (Tanzania) is a science and health education facilitator at Aga Khan University, Institute of Educational Development (IED) East Africa, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He has an undergraduate degree in Science with Education from Dar es Salaam University, and holds a masters degree from Aga Khan University, IED, Pakistan. His research interests focus on improving the teaching and learning of HIV/AIDS and on promoting science literacy.

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  • Old Enough To Know: Consulting Children About Sex and AIDS Education in Africa by Colleen McLaughlin, Sharlene Swartz, Susan Kiragu, Shelina Walli and Mussa Mohamed
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