HIV and AIDS Management Unit

Oshikoto Region PDF Print E-mail
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2006 Word AIDS Day Commemoration under the theme: "STOP AIDS AND KEEP YOUR PROMISE" at the Regional Office.

Region Description: Oshikoto Region is in the northern centralpart of Namibia. It includes such attractions as Etosha National Park and Ongopolo Mining and Processing with its prominent community of Tsumeb. The education region is divided into five Administrative Circuits: Omuthiya, Onathinge, Onyaanya, Oshigambo and Oshivelo. There are 185 schools, 1,989 teachers and 58,420 learners in the Region.

Purpose: The Regional AIDS Committee of Education, commonly known as RACE, is responsible for coordinating and expanding HIV and AIDS activities within the education sector. RACE accomplishes this by promoting a greater knowledge and understanding of HIV and AIDS, and disseminating prevention strategies among school staff, learners and community members. Thus, RACE hopes to establish relationships with everyone who is committed to eradicating the AIDS epidemic from our country.

Structure: RACE is composed of members of the regional management team, Inspectors of Education, Advisory Teachers, Regional Coordinator: CALL, Education Planners, Regional School Counsellors, School Principals, TRC personnel and the My Future is My Choice (MFMC) Coordinator. These members lend their expertise on how to make RACE's activities most effective. The full-time RACE Coordinator is the liaison between the Committee and the schools to ensure that the needs of individual schools and Circuits are met. Please see the list of RACE members below.

OSHIKOTO RACE CO MMITTEE MEMBERS

NAME

MINISTRY
POSITION

RACE POSITION

ADDRESS

PHONE

FAX

Andre Struwig

Deputy Director

RACE Chairperson

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

Havelinus N. Shemuketa

Education Officer:HIV and AIDS

RACE Coordinator

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281943

065-240315

Eliud Shipena

Principal: HD Namuhuya SS

RACE Member

P/Bag 1128 Ondangwa

065-248152

065-240315

Anna Hako

Regional School Counsellor

RACE Member

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

E. A.Murorua

Principal:Tsumeb SSS

RACE Member

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

067-221104

067-221105

Elifas Imene

Principal:Nehale SSS

RACE Member

Nehale SSS P/Bag 2014 Ondangwa

065-248851

065-248851

Elizabeth Kalume-Mwaala

Senior Regional Literacy Coordinator

RACE Secretary

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

Jonas Kapenda

Chief HR Officer

RACE Treasurer

Town Council Building

065-281500

065-241660

Naemi N.N. Amuthenu

Inspector of Education

RACE Member

Onathinge Circuit Office

065-248820

065-248820

Rachel Shanyanana

Hostels Officer

RACE Member

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

Taimi Kamati

Senior Education Officer:Advisory Services

RACE Vice-Chairperson

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

Vilho Shipuata

Education Planner

RACE Member

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

Aune L.Uusiku

My Future is My Choice Coordinator

RACE Member

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

Armas Kashiimbi

Principal:O/gwemanya SS

RACE Member

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

Immanuel Namupolo

Principal:Onamulunga CS

RACE Member

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

Ndinelao Kalilo

Principal:Heroes PS

RACE Member

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

Helena N. Iitula

Education Officer:Advisory Services

RACE Member

P/Bag 2028 Ondangwa

065-281900

065-240315

School Services: RACE provides the following services to schools:

1. Presentations. RACE is available for presentations at schools and to assist in initiating an AIDS Awareness Club. If schools would like an AIDS Service Organization to present at the school, RACE gives them the appropriate information to make the appointment.

2. Material Distribution. RACE distributes materials to supplement HIV and AIDS education in schools. RACE distributes materials such as leaflets, posters and games. We can also help to brainstorm ideas for HIV and AIDS-related activities. In order for this to be successful, RACE regularly liaises with HAMU and UNICEF to have adequate supplies to give to the schools.

3. Condom Supply. RACE distributes boxes of condoms to Circuit Offices, Cluster Centers and to the general public.

4. Contact Teacher Training. Oshikoto RACE has committed to training two HIV and AIDS Contact Teachers at each school. In 2007, the Region has 203 Contact Teachers. Contact Teachers are chosen by the principal to:
· be responsible for AIDS Awareness Clubs
· be the primary contacts between RACE and the schools
· help with teacher training
· be contact teachers for MFMC
· initiative School HIV & AIDS Advisory Committees
· manage the implementation of activities for special events such as AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day

There are at least two (2) Mentor Teachers for HIV and AIDS in each Circuit. There are 17 Mentor Teachers in Oshikoto Region. The Mentor Teachers are responsible for:
· Be the focal person for the Regional AIDS Committee for Education at the Cluster level
· Plan, Implement and Monitor the HIV and AIDS Annual Activities at the Cluster level
· Be the lead agent in establishing and activating School AIDS Advisory Committees at all schools in the Cluster
· Be the lead agents in establishing AIDS Awareness Clubs, Girls Clubs, Youth Clubs, etc. at all Schools in the Cluster
· Be the lead agents in preparing National Events such as AIDS Awareness Week, Condom Day, World AIDS Day, etc.
· Represent the RACE at the Principals' meetings at Cluster level
· Sensitize the Principals on HIV and AIDS Activities at the Cluster level
· Assist the RACE Office in organizing and conducting workshops in their clusters
· Assist the RACE Office in Training Workshops anywhere in the Region
· Initiate AIDS Awareness programmes within the Cluster
· Implement and Monitor Window of Hope and My Future is My Choice programs at the school where the Mentor is based.
· Maintain the file for Cluster HIV and AIDS activities
· Share information on HIV and AIDS with all the Teachers within the Cluster and the Circuit
· Be responsible for any other activities as delegated by the RACE

5. Programme Support. RACE will support schools in their school-initiated HIV and AIDS activities. These can be activities centred on national/international events (i.e. World AIDS Day or AIDS Awareness Week) or other HIV and AIDS activities developed by the schools.

6. School HIV and AIDS Advisory Committees. According to the National Policy on HIV and AIDS for the Education Sector, each school is to have a HIV and AIDS Advisory Committee composed of education sector employees, parents, local medical professionals, traditional healers, RACE and support and counselling services. The committees are responsible for developing school-specific plans on how to implement the National Policy. In addition, all school activities are to be managed under the Advisory Committee. Inspectors of Education, with assistance from RACE, will serve as resources to schools in Advisory Committee development. Currently, RACE is distributing a guideline to assist schools in developing School Advisory Committees.

7. Implementation and Management of My Future is My Choice (MFMC). RACE has taken over the management and coordination of the MFMC program. MFMC is a peer-education training on life skills for HIV prevention. It targets adolescents aged 15 and above with information and skills around reproductive health, HIV & AIDS, decision-making, relationships, alcohol abuse and values. MFMC is an official extracurricular activity that should be offered at all secondary schools.

8. Hostel Staff Training. RACE has completed a Hostel Managers HIV and AIDS training in order to ensure that the hostels comply with the mandates in the National Policy on HIV & AIDS in the Education Sector. RACE collaborated with the Hostels Division to successfully develop, organize and deliver the training. The hostel managers will take this information back to all hostel staff.

9. First Aid Kit Distribution. RACE ensured that all schools in the Region received the USAID-funded first aid kits. A session was held at each of the 5 Circuit Offices to inform one teacher from each school about the proper use and maintenance of the kit. These sessions were done in collaboration with the Primary Health Care Division of local hospitals. The hospitals sent Primary Health Care nurses to ensure that the information given to the teachers about the use of the kits complied with the Universal Precautions outlined in the National Policy on HIV & AIDS for the Education Sector. A monitoring system was also put into place by RACE to ensure the kits were restocked in a timely manner.

10. Newsletter. RACE publishes a newsletter each term highlighting HIV & AIDS Awareness Activities in the Region. The newsletter also highlights resources and activities for the schools to make their awareness programs more robust.

11. National HIV & AIDS Awareness Event Support. RACE organizes regional activities for national events like AIDS Awareness Week, World AIDS Day and Condom Day. This includes communicating to schools, providing/distributing resources to 185 schools and visiting schools upon request for those events.

12. Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair. RACE manages and implements activities for the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair. The Trade Fair is a platform to distribute information on RACE and HIV & AIDS Awareness to many learners, parents and teachers in the four central northern regions. The fair activities last for 10 days.

13. Medical Aid Scheme Promotional Campaign. RACE realized that some teachers in the Region are neither aware nor members of the benefits of the Medical Aid Scheme. This is worrisome when it comes to the expense involved in caring for teachers infected with HIV. RACE in collaboration with the Personnel Division created a survey to assess the needs of teachers when it comes to Medical Aid Scheme information. RACE is now collaborating with Personnel to implement an information campaign at the Circuit Offices.

14. Capacity-Building for RACE Members. RACE held a two-day RACE member capacity-building workshop to increase the knowledge of RACE members on their role, the National Policy on HIV & AIDS for the Education Sector, basic HIV & AIDS Information, project planning and project proposals. This workshop enabled RACE members to represent RACE in the schools and communities as well as plan activities.

15. Ministry Management Sensitization. RACE conduct workshops to increase the knowledge and understanding of Ministry of Education Officials about the role of RACE in schools. This was done to increase support for RACE activities at the Ministry and in the schools.

16. School HIV & AIDS Activity Survey. At the end of each school year, RACE conducts school HIV & AIDS surveys to ascertain the level of activity at the schools. This surveys are compiled in collaboration with the Planning Division to determine where more intervention needs to take place. It also serves as a "report card" to Inspectors of Education and the Director on how Circuits and Clusters are doing in comparison to one another. These surveys are informational and motivational tools.
17. Window of Hope. The overall aim of Window of Hope (WoH) is to build resilience and to develop self-esteem in upper primary school learners, so that they can become strong and healthy adults who will be able to face the challenges of society, including HIV and AIDS. The after-school Window of Hope follows a teacher-led club model. The program offers a set of afternoon activities that include sharing of information, thoughts and feelings, as well as games, drama, art, music, visualization exercises and story telling. Oshikoto Region has trained 76 schools in Junior Windows and 28 schools have been trained in Senior Windows.

2005 Regional Office World AIDS Day Commemoration.

2005 Regional Office World AIDS Day

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