The views of primary caregivers on HIV/AIDS life skills education programme implemented in schools.
Social workers are faced with the huge challenge of HIV and AIDS. The increasing number of HIV infected people requires professional intervention. The National Integrated Plan is currently the strategy that social workers apply in service delivery. It offers a range of services such as soup kitchens, food parcels, homework supervision, administration of anti-retroviral drugs and foster care placement to children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The bulk of the work facing social workers includes orphans, infected and affected children and child headed households. HIV and AIDS affect the education system in the sense that school going children are infected and affected by AIDS. The life-skills HIV/AIDS programme offered in schools is the strategy that the education system can effectively use to deal with the scourge of HIV/AIDS. Lifeskills HIV/AIDS programme offers educators, children and parents the opportunity to learn about preventative measures, factors that contribute to HIV/AIDS and childhood development. Primary caregivers need to learn about basic facts of HIV/AIDS. This study was a qualitative descriptive study to understand the views of primary caregivers on life - skills HIV/AIDS offered in school. The conceptual framework, which underpinned the study, was the eco-systems approach. The data was collected via in depth interviews with 10 respondents where an interview guide questions was used. The interview sessions were tape-recorded and transcribed. The outcomes of the study revealed that most primary caregivers were of the idea that their children should be taught life-skills HIV/AIDS in schools. The primary caregivers felt that this programme would assist them in understanding numerous behaviours that their children exhibit that predispose them to HIV infections. The findings of this study are tentative in view of the limitations identified in the study.