TeachAids Launches New Animations – A First in Africa
In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2011, we are pleased to announce the launch of our newest production version of the TeachAids HIV prevention software for Botswana – a first in all of Africa. The animations, available in both English and Setswana, feature the voices of cultural icons including Game ‘Zeus’ Bantsi, Oratile ‘Jazzelle’ Kebakile, Thato ‘Scar’ Matlhabaphiri, and Thato ‘Tref’ Mauping. The interactive versions have an exclusive feature from the Former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae.
“TeachAids has worked with an incredible team of world-class experts, governments around the world, and UNICEF to create a clear way to understand what you need to know about HIV and AIDS. Their tutorials are being used globally and are quickly becoming the standard in HIV and AIDS education. Explore and use this innovative tool. Challenge the myths and misconceptions that still exist in our society.” – Festus Mogae
With an infection rate of 23% in Botswana, TeachAids partnered with and was supported by Botswana’s Ministry of Education, UNICEF, Barclays Bank, Yahoo!, Stepping Stones International, and Stanford University to develop a comprehensive and entertaining approach to help combat HIV-fatigue.
“While performing across multiple countries, I have witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS on African communities. TeachAids has developed a powerful and novel approach to truly connect with children and youth in my country, and throughout the other African nations. I am immensely proud to be part of this important work, which I know will have great impact on learning.” – Game ‘Zeus’ Bantsi
The TeachAids materials have been formally approved by the Deputy Permanent Secretary and the Curriculum, Development, and Evaluation sector at the Ministry of Education in Botswana and will be implemented in every primary, secondary, and tertiary school throughout Botswana. In addition, the software is available for free via the TeachAids website.
The Linear (non-interactive) English and Setswana versions of the software are available on the TeachAids YouTube channel. The interactive software versions are available for download by contacting TeachAids directly.
“When I first heard about TeachAids, I knew it was exactly what our country needed to fight against the tremendous HIV-fatigue we are facing. Launching these animations and making them available for free is huge step in increasing knowledge and curbing infection rates. I feel honored to be part of this historical moment. – Thato ‘Scar’ Matlhabaphiri
This latest HIV and AIDS prevention software was developed in collaboration with VenSat, a world-class animation company with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Hyderabad, and Chennai, to create all of the new animations at a generously subsidized rate.
Photo: Starring Jazzelle, Scar, Tref, and Zeus as the voices and likeness in the latest TeachAidsanimations — featured in the English and Setswana Interactive and Linear versions.