Wednesday, 12 November 2008

KENYA: HIV/Aids Book for Primary School Children Launched

NAIROBI, September 26, 2008 (CISA) -A 12-book series on HIV/Aids for upper primary school children was launched yesterday during the ongoing 11th Nairobi International Book Fair.The book is recommended for children in classes 5 to 8 and was launched by the managing director of Daisy Creative Publishers, Cheryl de Souza.The series is designed to develop life skills among upper primary pupils to enable them understand the dangers of HIV/Aids, avoid contraction, prevent stigma and promote positive social/cultural values and discrimination of those with the disease.It is prepared in a set of twelve titles, each covering one of the following themes: risky behaviour, spread of HIV/Aids, peer influence and HIV/aids, myths and misconceptions about HIV/Aids, cultural/traditional practices and HIV/Aids and moral and religious values.Other themes are prevention of HIV/Aids, care and support of the infected and affected, stigma and discrimination and social and economic effects of HIV/Aids.Souza said, “These series are intended to promote abstinence, uphold values and education, build responsibility, avoid early marriages, create support and love for the infected and encourage debate, drama, art crafts and quizzes on HIV/Aids.”“We feel that children from 10 to 15 are still protected and we want to keep it that way,” she said.The series, originally published in Uganda by Baroque Publishers Limited Jasper will be available in all leading bookshops from November 1, 2008 at a cost of Kshs 140 each or US$ 2.

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