The provision of a health promoting environment for HIV/AIDS education: the case of Namibian senior secondary schools

Case Studies & Research
Elsevier Ltd
14 p.
Periodical title
International Journal of Educational Development 23 (2003) 529–542

HIV/AIDS programmes in schools ultimately intend to decrease high risk sexual behaviour. One factor facilitating this outcome is a strong health promoting environment in the school. This paper reports a study surveying the health promoting environments supporting HIV/AIDS education in Namibian senior secondary schools. It develops a two dimensional model for classifying the strength of a school’s health promoting environment. The findings show that schools have different strengths of health promoting environments linked more to their size than to a rural or urban location. The strength of a school’s health promoting environment is closely related to learners’ active involvement in HIV/AIDS education activities.

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