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Title:The African interpretations of a set of values in a value-based HIV and AIDS prevention programme
Authors:Herbst, Alida
Janssen, Amy
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:South Africa
health education
language usage
Abstract:This article focuses on a qualitative exploration of six core values embedded in the Choose Life Training Programme (CLTP), a value-based HIV and AIDS prevention programme that aims to contribute to better awareness and prevention strategies in order to curb the spread of HIV and AIDS in South Africa. The article is based on a study that explored the possibility that the African interpretations of these values are different from the Western definitions. Currently the CLTP study material is available in English only and much of the inherent meaning of the programme may be lost in translation to African participants. Existing data from the monitoring and evaluation of the CLTP was analysed by means of secondary analysis in an attempt to explore the African interpretations of the core values. It appeared that the participants either did not fully grasp the questions, or could not sufficiently express their understanding through the English written language. Many participants did not understand English very well, as it was often their third or fourth language. It was also clear that many African participants did not always understand the questions or the concepts contained in the questions, because their perception of that value was different or did not exist in the same context. The article concludes that when working with African individuals in the CLTP, Western conceptual stereotypes should be replaced with approaches more relevant to African cultural orientations. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]