Unveiling their worlds: the use of dialogue as a health-promotion tool for HIV/AIDS education in a poor community in Kenya

Kiragu, Susan and McLaughlin, Colleen (2011) Unveiling their worlds: the use of dialogue as a health-promotion tool for HIV/AIDS education in a poor community in Kenya. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 11 (4). pp. 419-430. ISSN 1472-0825

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Abstract

Three decades since the onset of HIV/AIDS, 33.2 million people worldwide are infected and prevalence in Kenya is on the rise. This paper contributes to discussions about HIV/AIDS education and draws on the health promotion approach and the emancipatory theory of Paulo Freire. Freire argued that through dialogue people unveil their world. The researchers used the method of dialogue to facilitate parents' and teachers' reflections on sexuality education for the children. The dialogues seemed to facilitate some reflection and showed the attitudes of the community to matters that impact on sexuality education (e.g. gender and sexuality). This paper illustrates how dialogic processes can be useful to the process of constructing realistic and contextually relevant HIV/AIDS education. The challenges for the researcher as an outsider are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences
L Education
Depositing User: Gemma North
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2012 15:36
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2013 10:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/41459
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