The Contemporary World - The HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Africa & Canada’s Response (Lesson One)
Through this two lesson unit, students will learn about the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa as an example of a contemporary global issue and will explore the ways in which individuals and organizations are addressing this issue, including multilateral bodies, the Canadian government, Canadian NGOs and local community groups. Students will be expected to apply information learned to a case study and to consolidate their understanding of various approaches to the issue to inform their position on the appropriate course of action for the case study community.
Workshop presentation using PowerPoint or transparencies provided introduces students
to NGOs and provides an overview of the HIV/AIDS pandemic including broad statistics and personal testimonials from people who are infected and affected by AIDS. Examples are drawn from Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda.
Time Required: One hour per Lesson (Two Lessons total)
Theme: Interactions in the Contemporary World
- Individuals and organizations play a role in addressing international concerns
- Examine at least one current example of how individuals and groups are attempting to solve international concerns and problems
- Defend a point of view in a written composition
- Contribute ideas confidently in a variety of group settings, such as brainstorming, class discussions and small group discussions
- Assess evidence and evaluate solutions to problems and issues as to feasibility and desirability
- Develop a conclusion/solution to global problems or issues
- Workshop Presentation –overview of AIDS pandemic in Africa with emphasis on rural communities in East Africa and specific challenges posed by the pandemic for individuals and communities (PowerPoint provided)
- Homework- Students research the approach taken by an assigned organization working in Africa and take notes on the nature of HIV/AIDS interventions (list of organizations and links to websites provided)
1. Using PowerPoint provided introduce students to what NGOs are and review criteria which distinguish NGOs from other charitable organizations (slides 1-5)
2. Using PowerPoint provided provide general overview of the realities of HIV/AIDS in Africa through review of statistics (slides 6-9)
3. Using PowerPoint provided encourage students to think about the ways in which AIDS affects individuals and communities beyond illness through having small
groups discuss individual profiles (slides10-12)
4. Develop a holistic view of HIV/AIDS in rural African communities through generating comprehensive list of related issues raised through individual profiles
provided in HANDOUTS (see also PowerPoint slides 13-16)
5. Encourage students to feel personally connected to the issue by ‘introducing’ them to the real people behind the hand out profiles
6. Using PowerPoint provided generate discussion about what can/should be done to help combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic – encouraging students to contemplate what
they themselves are able to do (slides 17-19)
7. Introduce homework assignment (provided in HANOUTS) – provide list of Canadian NGOs to research (students should be grouped based on usual grouping strategy)
Complete evaluation after lesson two.
Download Lesson One PowerPoint workshop from http://www.toolsforlearning.ca/alberta_tools_for_learning.asp?_cid=1&_fid=25 (alternatively, print out slides onto overhead transparencies) Review Teaching Notes. Book necessary audio/visual equipment. Print copies of People Profiles (4) provided in HANDOUTS (attached) Make photocopies of Canadian NGO list (Assignment Sheet) provided in HANDOUTS (attached)
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