Courage and Hope gives voice to the real life experiences of
12 HIV-positive teachers—5 of whom are women—from Burkina
Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania,
and Zambia. The teachers recount their experiences of discovering their
HIV-positive status and how this has affected them in their families,
their communities, and their professional lives.
When one teacher discovered she was HIV-positive, she lost
everything—her husband, her children, and her home. Now she is
receiving treatment, has returned to teaching, and has reestablished
her home with her children. Another teacher lost her husband to AIDS
and then lost her home. She is now living positively, working to
overcome stigma among students and teaching staff.
The voices of these teachers suggest that a number of obstacles are
commonly faced by teachers living with HIV. Paramount among them are
stigma and discrimination, within their families and communities, as
well as in their workplaces and society in general. The difficulties of
overcoming these perceptions are complicated by a lack of
confidentiality in medical facilities and the workplace.
Courage and Hope: African Teachers Living Positively with
HIV, supplied on the DVD, is a documentary film produced in 2008 in
which teachers tell their own stories in their own words.
Whether presented via video or print, the story of each teacher
demonstrates a wide range of challenges as well as insights and
successes, while also suggesting ways to more effectively address these
challenges. These truly are stories of courage and hope.
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