Every week we hear stories from dozens of organizations all over the world discovering innovative solutions to bring the TeachAIDS animations into their communities.
In Rwanda, thousands of young people gathered at Umuganda Stadium to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup games. Between the matches, Ayuub Kasasa, the Field and Event Consultant, and his colleagues played the Kinyarwanda TeachAIDS animations for the crowds to learn together.
In Tanzania, Saruni Olodi, a gentleman working in Arusha, came across the animations online and was inspired to take action and bring the tools to his hometown. Because the village lacked electricity, he purchased petrol and located a generator through a local NGO. This was the first time his Maasai village had ever received comprehensive HIV and AIDS education.
In the largest Tibetan refugee settlement, Dr. Tsering Wangchuk, a resident Medical Officer, used TeachAIDS CD-ROMs to conduct dozens of HIV prevention education sessions. By projecting the animations on a screen or sometimes a large cloth, he has educated several thousand Tibetan refugees. A local hero, Dr. Wangchuk currently serves as the Minister of Health for the Central Tibetan Administration.
In Kenya, despite the lack of power, Arché-ONLUS has educated 1,200+ children across more than twenty schools in villages with a laptop on a chair, the chair on a table, and the table in front of the room. Using only a car battery and an invertor, A Better Education Club has projected the animations onto a wall to educate 500+ primary school children.
Despite the lack of technology or even electricity in resource-challenged parts of the world, educators report that the TeachAIDS animations help their learners understand how HIV transmission occurs. Regardless of their knowledge level, instructors can feel confident that pedagogically-grounded and medically-accurate HIV and AIDS prevention education is delivered with each showing.
TeachAIDS listens to and systematically identifies both the limitations and innovative solutions of these community leaders to extend the availability of the animated tutorials into new platforms.
Students rarely get to watch any type of TV, so teaching from animations projected on a screen vastly enhanced their learning experience and enabled their focusing capabilities… [T]he interactive nature of the technology allows for a more dynamic learning environment, rather than a static experience.Alexandra Isaacs
HIV and AIDS Educator
The fact that the TeachAIDS cartoons were in Kinyarwanda made all the difference in rural Rwanda. The audience eagerly watched the cartoon characters talking about AIDS awareness while waiting for the soccer matches to begin. When the animated question session came-up the children roared out the answers. It is a wonderful tool! A most memorable event in the lives of Africa’s children.Ayuub Kasasa Mago
Field Coordinator and Event Consultant