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close this bookSchool Health Education to Prevent AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) : Teachers' Guide (UNESCO - WHO, 1994, 117 p.)
close this folderUnit 4. Care and support
View the document(introduction...)
View the document1 Who discriminates? - Definition and case studies
View the document2 The story of two communities - Two communities react differently to someone with AIDS
View the document3 Why compassion? - Explores reasons for compassion
View the document4 What could you do? - Compassion for two people with AIDS
View the document5 How to’s of care giving - Information on how to care for someone with AIDS
View the document6 How to keep yourself safe - Precautionary care for someone who is looking after someone with AIDS
View the document7 What do you know? - Two tests to determine what students know about caregiving
View the document8 Support for responsible behaviour - How to show support for someone who has made healthy decisions
View the document9 Compassion, tolerance and support - Showing support outside the classroom

2 The story of two communities - Two communities react differently to someone with AIDS


It is important for young people to feel what it is like to be discriminated against. This can be at least partially accomplished by reflecting on comments made by a person living with AIDS. This is a true story -only the names have been changed.

What the teacher does

1. Decide how to teach this activity:

a) Provide each student with an activity sheet and have the students work individually or in pairs to complete the activity.

b) Read the comments and actions from community A and community B once. Read them a second time and have the students individually decide on the three most hurtful and three most helpful and to explain why they chose those three. Ask the students to write a couple of sentences about how they feel about community A and about community B. (Only one activity sheet needed.)

2. Ask students to identify the three most hurtful and the three most helpful comments and to explain their choices. Then ask them about their feelings about community A and community B.

3. Finally, discuss the question at the end of the activity. Answers are suggested below.

Why do you think there was such a difference between the two communities?

· Ignorance about transmission in community A
· Fear on the part of a large group of people
· Education programme in community B
· Peers supporting Ryando

What should be done by parent(s)
(if a Parents’ Guide is used)

This would be an excellent activity for students to take home to their parents. Students could compare their 3 answers for each community with those that their parents selected. (Students could read the comments if parents are unable to read.)