n Education as Change - Unlocking the mission of higher education to find a place for the Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

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If higher education does not accelerate its efforts to combat AIDS and HIV, then education is becoming a worthless endeavour. In its traditional mission, higher education promises to teach, research, become the critical societal watchdog, in addition to empowering people to solve social problems. Yet not much seems to be happening regarding AIDS and HIV, factors which are proving to be highly problematic for African countries in the present dispensation. Although there is growing interest for institutions to integrate AIDS / HIV into their academic programmes, some institutions award little attention to the problem, while others seem to reflect little concern. Meanwhile graduates fail to reach the world of work and are heading for the grave. The purpose of this paper is to stimulate an awareness of, and to generate debate among academics around, the issue of AIDS and its impact on the society and higher education. The paper argues that higher education does not seem to claim its role in the society as effectively and as fully as it can.


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