Aids, curricula and gender in twelve African theological schools

Jurgens Hendriks


The article deals with the three related issues mentioned in
the title in twelve theological schools that formed a network called NetACT. A
questionnaire on these matters was answered by al the institutions. The article
discusses the answers to three basic questions: did they implement the HIV and AIDS
curricula that their network developed; what was the influence and place of these
programs in their curricula and what is the gender equity situation and attitudes
like at their institution? The data reveals that by addressing the issue forcefully
ever since 2000 the NetACT network has decidedly changed the culture of silence and
stigmatisation prevalent in the surrounding society. The article thus gives one an
insider view of how African seminaries struggle with HIV and AIDS issues. As to
gender it is clear that in the network’s schools female lecturers overwhelmingly
feel accepted and treated as equals. They are taken seriously and listened to in
classes by the students and in staff meetings by their male colleagues. However, the
plight of women in African society is not an easy one. What this entails is spelled
out in the answers.


HIV & AIDS; Curriculum development; Gender equality; Stigmatization; NetACT

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ISSN 2226-2385 (online); ISSN 0028-2006 (print)

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