Teaching in the window of hope evaluation report

Programme Reports & Evaluations
American Institutes for Research
42 p.

This report describes an external, qualitative evaluation of an approach to training pre-service teachers to promote HIV prevention among school children aged 5-14 years. The development of the approach was a needs-based, collaborative effort of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Community Health and Nutrition, Gender and Education Support-2 (CHANGES2) program supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). "Teaching in the Window of Hope" (TWH) is an approach and a set of materials that reflect integration of HIV&AIDS across the curriculum, promoting age appropriate knowledge and skills through learner-centered activities. The approach and materials built on existing MOE structures, engaged relevant representatives for all aspects of development, pilot testing, revision and implementation at scale, i.e. at all Basic Colleges of Education (COE). The evaluation focused on four thematic areas: Responsiveness to MOE needs: program, content and development process; Impact/effective use by tutors: of materials, classroom application, open dialogue and personal prevention strategies for tutors and students; Impact/effective use by student-teachers: assignments, materials, classroom application, own prevention behavior; Implementation strategy for rolling-out and supporting use of TWH approach and materials. The methodology was qualitative, relying on focus group discussions (FGDs), in-depth interviews (IDIs), and classroom observations of student-teachers. The sample was limited to three colleges where implementation was generally sound, based on monitoring and support visits conducted in 2008.

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