Kabarole Schools In New HIV/AIDS Messages Campaign

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The head teacher of Karambi Primary School, Patricia Tusiime says that in the past, they were only talking to pupils at assemblies and stop at that. She says that some pupils often forgot the messages.

Kabarole schools have started adjusting HIV/Aids preventive messages to make them more appealing to pupils.  It comes two year after the primary schools Two years ago saying they were boring. The messages were common especially during school assemblies, where pupils were addressed about the dangers of HIV/Aids and given prevention tips at least twice a week.

The schools have now started a new initiative in a bid to increase awareness about the dangers of the epidemic. Under the initiative, short story books in Rutooro language have been distributed to schools by the district health department. The messages that were talked about during the morning assemblies and the short educative messages about AIDS that had in the past been displayed in the compound, canteens and under large trees have now been replaced by drama shows every week.

The head teacher of Karambi Primary School, Patricia Tusiime says that in the past, they were only talking to pupils at assemblies and stop at that. She says that some pupils often forgot the messages. Tusiime says however, says that under the new initiative every Wednesday, the school dedicates one hour, where pupils read story books published in English and Rutooro about the dangers of HIV/Aids and its prevention.
 
Tusiime says that the pupils are encouraged to ask questions on issues about the epidemic that they don’t understand.  She hopes that the new initiative will create awareness among the pupils and will encourage them to make healthy and moral decisions.

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At Burungu primary school, every week on Friday, drama shows are used to create awareness.  

Gerald Mugisa, the head teacher says they think drama will help pupils understand the dangers of HIV/AIDS other than just speaking to them. Mugisa says that after the plays, the pupils are free to ask the teachers and any member of the drama group questions.
 
Bernard Karamagi, the Kabarole district HIV/AIDS focal person says that it was resolved that schools go beyond speaking to the pupils. Karamagi says that HIV/AIDS messages under the Presidential Initiative on Aids Strategy for Communication to Youth (PIASCY) were dropped because they didn’t have any impact and were being repeated.

He says that the new initiative is part of the Behavior Change Strategy” aimed at creating practical awareness about HIV/Aids in both primary and secondary schools. Karamagi says that after a month, a survey will be carried out to show whether there has been any impact on the new initiative.

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The Uganda Aids Commission has often called for a review of messages designed to prevent HIV infections in the country because they have run out of tempo and are not making a significant impact on information dissemination and awareness.
 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

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