''English Lessons As A Baseline For Aids Education
Tanyanyiwa, Jabson .C.
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It goes without saying that the AIDS EDUCATION Programme has been formalised as part of the curricula for primary schools, secondary schools and Teachers’ Colleges in Zimbabwe despite some isolated echoes of disquiet from some Church groups and some parents over the recommendation on the use of condoms. This paper seeks to address how Aids Education can be presented through the English lessons. When presented through the English lessons, Aids Education is treated as a ‘hidden curriculum’ (Gatawa 1990:13). It is envisaged that the presentation of AIDS EDUCATION through the medium of English lessons may minimise some Churches’ disquiet to having their young members (pupils) taught Aids lessons directly highlighted the use of condoms as safety precaution against H.l.V. infection. Some church groups spoke against the use of condoms by their members at AIDS EDUCATION Workshops in the MIDLANDS REGIONS. THEY contended that recommending the use of condoms is tantamount to advocating promiscuity. This ensuing discussion focuses on specific English lessons that may be used for the dissemination of basic facts on Aids Education.