United States Peace Corps Volunteers in Guyana used TeachAIDS to expose educators to pedagogical techniques and promote learning among children with special needs, including those who are blind, deaf, physically handicapped, and have behavioral issues.
Peace Corps volunteers used the TeachAIDS software as part of their three-day training program. To date, Guyana maintains its own cultural barriers to providing individuals with medically accurate HIV education. TeachAIDS tutorials help overcome these cultural barriers, which enable teachers to learn and present the information in a more comfortable way in their classroom settings.
“The TeachAIDS presentation was a huge success and the teachers gave positive feedback when I presented it to them. They found the material to be simple and clear with the visual and audio accompaniment appropriate for their older children with disabilities.”
- Jocelyn Friedman, Peace Corps Response Volunteer, Guyana
Established in 1966, the United States Peace Corps Guyana program has provided 581 volunteers in the areas of education, health, and HIV awareness. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) particularly supports the efforts of Peace Corps volunteers working in HIV prevention, which includes a wide range of programs. As a leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults in Guyana, the Peace Corps’ HIV and AIDS awareness campaign targets populations within the 15-44 age range.
TeachAIDS has partnered with Peace Corps volunteers around the world in order to further their HIV prevention campaign efforts. In Guatemala, TeachAIDS, PEPFAR, the Ministry of Health, and Peace Corps volunteers have collaborated to build capacity and help strengthen prevention programs within the country.
Photo: Peace Corps uses TeachAIDS to educate special needs teachers about HIV prevention in Guyana.