The Zimbabwe AIDS Action Programme for Schools
Zimbabwe has one of the highest AIDS prevalence rates in Africa and young people are particularly at risk from HIV infection and other unwanted effects of unprotected sex. In 1992 the Ministry of Education and Culture initiated a Life Skills education programme in collaboration with UNICEF: the AIDS Action Programme for Schools.
All schools since 1993 have had compulsory weekly lessons on life skills and AIDS for all students from grade 4 (9-10 year olds) upwards. Booklets for students and teachers are designed for each grade and address four main themes: relationships, growing up, life skills, and health. In the classroom, self-esteem and assertiveness are encouraged, and role playing and other activities help students focus on feelings, examine alternatives, think through situations of risk, make decisions, and respond to peer pressures.
Apart from classroom-based activities, students also do projects in the community.