First HIV Curriculum Integration Dialogue held at Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Cape Peninsula University of Technology, under the leadership and guidance of the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Teaching & Learning, Professor Anthony Staak, hosted the first HIV Curriculum Integration Dialogue, under the facilitation of the Head of the HIV/AIDS Unit, Ms Melanie Marais. The event took place on the 25 June 2015 at the Cape Pillars Boutique Guesthouse, the perfect setting for a dialogue of this kind. Academics from various faculties including: Education, Business, Information Technology, Health & Sciences attended the dialogue.The setting created the ideal platform where Academics could debate and dialogue about HIV Curriculum Integration, implementation challenges and the way forward. The importance of developing competency amongst graduates as well as the need to build capacity amongst Academics was emphasized by Ms Managa Pillay, Senior Programme Manager: Curriculum Development and Research, Higher Education AIDS.

The workshop kicked off with an introduction by Professor Staak who showed great leadership and commitment towards this upcoming project. He said “It is important to pull all our efforts together to equip our graduates well enough to deal with HIV in their workplaces”. Prof Staak furthermore highlighted that the HIV Unit is there to facilitate the process, but Academics will eventually be responsible for HIV Curriculum integration. Accompanied by Ms Pillay was Dr Paulette Powell from SkillsFactor who is responsible for capacity building amongst Academics.  

The Director Development Support, Ms Gloria Maaka-Tlokana and Ms Bokelang Khave from the Department Higher Education and Training  had this to say about the dialogue: ‘It was fulfilling to engage with the team’; “It was really encouraging to also see the enthusiasm and commitment from the lecturers and there is no doubt that the project has been fully embraced.”  Commitment to continue the discussion at future meetings was evident. A number of discussion and future meetings are on the cards and we look forward to more collaboration on this very important issue.