The government of Botswana has long been a leader in the fight against HIV, promoting innovative approaches to treatment for its citizens. Yet, despite decades of proactive measures to combat HIV and AIDS, 23 percent of the population remains infected. After years of addressing AIDS-related issues, experts claim the population has grown tired of the repetitive HIV messaging. Furthermore, research demonstrates that fragmented lessons — in the form of billboards, pamphlets, and television commercials — result in a “superficial” understanding of the deeper issues around HIV transmission.
After learning about TeachAids, Botswana’s government reached out to tackle the issue of HIV education fatigue together. Collaborating with their Ministry of Education, UNICEF, and Stanford University, among others, TeachAids launched new, culturally-appropriate software versions in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2011.
Thank You, TeachAids!
The TeachAids software has been approved by Botswana’s Permanent Secretary and has been rolled out across every school in the country. In fact, Botswana has named June 15th as “TeachAids Day” – a special day for all educators and learners across the nation to watch the animations, promote HIV knowledge gains, and continue the battle against the devastating epidemic.
The animations, available in both Setswana and English with male and female versions, feature the voices of Botswana’s most celebrated cultural icons, including East Africa Idol judge “Scar” and Channel O Music Video Awards’ winner, “Zeus”. The interactive versions have an exclusive “Message of Hope” from the Former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, who has been instrumental in building a coalition of African leaders against HIV.
Former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, Endorses TeachAids
Using the same iterative design process, TeachAids has expanded this comprehensive model to HIV education across the world.