Nelson and Ali

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This document is one of the "story books" in the HIV and AIDS series, developed by the Junior African Writers (JAWS). It is designed to provide information and raise key questions about the consequences of HIV and AIDS. The aim of the series is to empower young people, equipping them with the knowledge, attitudes, values and life skills they need to help them make positive choices and resist pressures. This booklet is intended for primary school learners and can be used as a reader to help teachers to introduce subject matter that is difficult to manage in classroom. The story conveys both the basic information about HIV and AIDS and the more psychosocial dimension of the pandemic affecting learners' lives (personal and social development). Nelson's mother stops his son playing with his friend Ali because Ali is living with HIV. That common situation introduces the theme of normalization and acceptance of HIV-positive children. Stigma and discrimination are often based on fear and ignorance. The clinic sister intervenes, and the mother learns how the virus can be transmitted. The story focuses on the importance of integrating people living with HIV into normal community life, and supporting them where possible. "Let's Talk" section on page 16 provides a basis for classroom activities.

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