Simon's story

Learning & Teaching Materials
16p., illus.
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L'Histoire de Simon

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 upper 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). Simon lives in an orphanage. He is devastated by his mother's death. His heart is heavy and it feels like a stone. The right words of Ma Sara help him through his sadness, while he slowly comes to terms with loss and loneliness. The text highlights that grief brings overwhelming feelings and adults can help children by acknowledging these feelings. Even if it takes time; the sadness goes get better eventually. The text underlies the importance to have memories of people who have died and to go back to them. "Let's Talk" section on page 16 provides a basis for classroom activities.

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