Enhancing the development of leadership skills in the management of HIV and AIDS in secondary schools

Case Studies & Research
Botswana. Ministry of Education
53 p.

This report presents the findings of baseline survey to determine the current situation with regards to the HIV and AIDS programmes in all Secondary Schools in Botswana. The report analyses the findings and provides advice and a set of recommendations to increase the usefulness of present and future interventions. The survey was conducted among the Management staff in both Junior and Senior Secondary Schools.The overall goal of the project under evaluation was to develop skills in the management of HIV and AIDS in Secondary Schools' Management and Leadership. The project was designed to strengthen the existing secondary schools HIV and AIDS programmes which are part of the overall strategic national response to the pandemic. The most important findings from the survey are: 1. The survey had a low response rate (228 returns of 400 surveys distributed). The responses were fairly evenly distributed among males and females as well as the different regions. The low response rate may indicate that HIV and AIDS are not given the necessary priority by any of the stakeholders. The survey clearly indicate that School Heads and Deputy School Heads in general are unaware and blasé in relation to HIV and AIDS initiatives. This is a major concern in the report and constitutes a set of urgent recommendations. 2. The survey show that there is a lack of performance indicators and ability to monitor the impact of initiatives and programmes as well as the overall objective of reducing HIV and AIDS infection rates. The recommendations in relation to this are a nationally coordinated plan with a coherent set of monitoring tools. We need no know that what we are doing is efficient and that the impact is satisfactory. A set of guidelines and workshops are recommended to ensure a broad understanding and consistent monitoring. 3. The survey reveals that 80 per cent are of the opinion that the support and guidance from the Central Government is inadequate both in terms of financial and technical contribution. A proper needs and feasibility study is recommended to assist with defining roles and requirements. 4. The survey indicates that there is little or no knowledge among the schools in ways of seeking funding or assistance in a wider perspective such as church organisations, NGOs or regular donor organisations. It is recommended to explore this potential from both a national and regional perspective.

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