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Research Chair: HIV & AIDS in Education

Project Leader: Naydene de Lange

Co-researchers: Relebohile Moletsane (UKZN), Logan Athiemoolam (Nelson Mandela University), Cordelia Mazomba (Nelson Mandela University) and Mathabo Khau

Within the context of socio-political and educational transformation in South Africa, and particularly the unrelenting HIV & AIDS pandemic, the overall aim of the project is to explore - in primary schools in a rural context - how pre-service teachers in partnership with in-service teachers can use visual arts-based methodologies to bring about social change in the age of AIDS.

Choosing to engage in a participatory research project in a rural context operationalises research with a social change focus (Shratz and Walker, 1995): First, arts-based participatory methodologies will be introduced to pre-service teachers for use in addressing the emerging issues and impacts of HIV and AIDS in their teaching. Second, the use of these arts-based participatory methodologies in addressing HIV and AIDS will be explored with in-service teachers and learners in rural primary schools. Third, working in rural schools is intended to motivate pre-service teachers to take up careers in schools in rural contexts.

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