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Download the PDF toolkit (which contains the resources for the lessons below)

To promote knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS from a development education perspective, by exploring social inequalities and their relationship to HIV vulnerability, using photography by young people from Canada and South Africa.

Lesson 1: HIV/AIDS & Development Education
Lesson 2: Photo Analysis, Development & HIV/AIDS
Lesson 3: Photovoice and HIV/AIDS

Included handouts for Lessons 1 & 2
• Handout 1: Map of global HIV statistics
• Handout 2: Chart outlining individual and social factors of HIV risk
• Handout 3-7: Pictures and captions on the five development themes
• Handout 3: Migration
• Handout 4: Poverty
• Handout 5: Gender
• Handout 6: Stigma
• Handout 7: Access to Treatment
• Handout 8: Photo discussion questions
• Handout 9: Hopeful photos

TIG member photo collection on HIV/AIDs theme

Key competencies
Thinking is about using creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. In these lessons, students will need to understand the issues surrounding HIV/ AIDs and then make decisions or shape actions based on this understanding in order to improve their own well-being or the well-being of others.
Using language, symbols, and texts
Using language, symbols, and texts is about working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed. In these lessons, students will be able to explore how meaning is conveyed through visual language in the photos uploaded by others and then consider how to convey a message about HIV/AIDs through their own photography.
Participating and contributing
This competency is about being actively involved in communities. In these lessons, students will be able to examine the stereotyping and marginalisation of those living with HIV/AIDs within the global society and in the local New Zealand context. They can then use this information to help inform those in the community about issues around HIV/AIDs.

Health and Physical Education Learning area curriculum levels:
Level four
  • Access and use information to make and action safe choices in a range of contexts.
Level five
  • Investigate societal influences on the well-being of student communities.
  • Investigate community services that support and promote people’s well-being and take action to promote personal and group involvement.
Level six
  • Investigate and understand reasons for the choices people make that affect their well-being and explore and evaluate options and consequences.
  • Analyse societal influences that shape community health goals and physical activity patterns.
  • Investigate the roles and the effectiveness of local, national, and international organisations that promote well-being and environmental care.

NCEA achievement standards
Level 1
  • 1.5 Understand sexuality and describe strategies for enhancing sexual well-being (4 credits - internal)
Level 2
  • 2.1 Describe an adolescent health issue (5 credits - external)
  • 2.3 Develop, describe, implement and evaluate a plan of action to enhance hauora / well-being (5 credits - internal)
  • 2.4 Describe an issue relating to personal safety in interaction with others (4 credits - external)
Level 3
All units in level 3 could be looked at in relation to HIV/AIDs but I have outlined a couple of strong links below).
  • 3.1 Analyse a health issue for a particular group within New Zealand society (5 credits - internal)
  • 3.2 Analyse an international health issue (5 credits - external) You could set up a global collaboration to get stats for use with this topic.
  • 3.4 Explain a contemporary dilemma or ethical issue in relation to well-being (5 points - external)

Unit standards
Level 1 -14256 - 2 Credits - Demonstrate knowledge of issues relating to HIV and AIDS
People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain the nature of HIV and AIDS and describe methods of transmission; explore societal issues related to HIV and AIDS; and describe and demonstrate skills and practices which reduce the risk of HIV infection.

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New Zealand resources that support the theme of HIV/ AIDSs

The AIDS Epidemiology Group - Otago University -
This group monitor the levels of infection of HIV/ AIDs in New Zealand (see the newsletters) as well as give a lot of useful background information about HIV/ AIDs in New Zealand.
New Zealand AIDs Foundation
Packed with information - site is currently being redesigned.

News Articles
New Zealand's 2008 HIV Statistics Alarming -
News article from March 2009 which discusses the infection rate in NZ.
Government Considers Law Change After HIV Case
News article from May 2009 about a man who deliberately infected other men with HIV and the issues around reporting between the health sector and the police.