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Old enough to know - an open access publication from the Centre for Commonwealth Education.

1 Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press, SA

From the HSRC about page:

The HSRC Press is a non-profit publisher committed to the dissemination of high quality social science publications, in print and electronic form. The HSRC Press is a hybrid press, with a mandate to disseminate HSRC research output and other valuable social science research. It supports the social science research community through a strong commitment to 'opening access to quality social science in Africa'. Some of our distinguishing features include:

  • Free access to information via our open access electronic publishing model;
  • Our print publications do not go 'out of print' when market demand drops; instead our electronic publishing model enables us to archive material and supply copies in small quantities;
  • Our print-based publications are significantly more affordable as the sale prices for print based publications do not include profit margins;
  • Unusual attention is paid to each publication we produce as we are not constrained by the commercial demand of publishing a large numbers of titles annually;
  • The formal peer-review process guarantees the highest academic quality.

2 Old enough to know

One book published recently was:

  • Old enough to know
  • Consulting children about sex and AIDS education in Africa
  • by Colleen McLaughlin, Sharlene Swartz, Susan Kiragu, Shelina Walli, Mussa Mohamed

This compelling study, comprising of a sample of eight schools in three countries in sub-Saharan Africa – Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania – examines the sources, contents and processes of children´s community-based sexual knowledges and asks how these knowledges interact with AIDS education programmes in school. Old enough to know showcases the possibilities of consulting pupils using engaging, interactive and visual methods including digital still photography, mini-video documentaries, as well as interviews and observations. These innovative methods allow children to speak freely and openly in contexts where talking about sex to adults is a cultural taboo.

The study also sheds fresh light on teachers´ fears and struggles with a lack of training and limited opportunities for reflection on practice. It engages in dialogue with conflicting voices of community stakeholders who are both aware of the dangers faced by children living in a world with AIDS and who are also afraid of the many cultural, religious and moral restraints to sex education in Africa.

Another open CCE resource


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