HIV/AIDS Introductory Workshop/Suggested HIV/AIDS workshop structure and activities/My personal experience of HIV/AIDS
Section 4: My personal experience of HIV/AIDS
Now you will begin the more emotive process of relating the information that you have been generating as a group to the real life personal stories of the group members. There are three activities in this section.
How have I been touched by HIV/AIDS?
Purpose This activity is aimed at encouraging learner input and at identifying real-life and context-appropriate HIV/AIDS stories that may be analysed.
Discussion: As these are being related, note up key ideas on the board and probe to draw out important issues and impacts.
Also make a list of all the emotions. Discuss these feelings and introduce the idea of attitudes: How we feel about things and the attitudes we have towards them will shape how we behave.
Let's explore our stories
Purpose This activity is aimed at relating real life and context-appropriate HIV/AIDS scenarios to the workshop / course content.
Process This activity flows directly from the previous activity: My personal experience of HIV/AIDS.
Facilitated discussion: Lead the class in a discussion of the stories to draw out the key areas. This section is difficult to plan for, as you will be guided by the stories, however you may want to look to the needs lists and the pebble image with its circles of impact as a way to structure your discussion.
Make sure you write the ideas up as they emerge.
Note: Make sure that you probe for cultural and local understandings of HIV/AIDS and related issues. It is very important to uncover any local and cultural myths that may make it difficult for people to truly understand HIV/AIDS. It is also very important to uncover any local/indigenous solutions to problems that may help communities to address HIV/AIDS.
Why do I want to learn about AIDS?
Purpose This activity is aimed at linking the real scenarios with how the learners hope to address them and to elicit from the learners their expectations and hopes for the future.
Process Quick group brainstorm: Divide the learners into groups of five. Write the following questions on the board. Get the learners to choose one member of each group to be scribe. Each group must think up and write down as many answers as they can to these questions. They must not discuss or analyse the answers.
Report back: Each group says one thing until all are out and you have written them all on the board.
Optional Activity: Planning for Action
If this is a single workshop, you may wish to include an activity to help the learners to plan how they will go about increasing their knowledge and skills about HIV/AIDS. You may wish to link them with their local AIDS or Health Care centre/s or point them towards any resource material they may use.