Goucher College offers an intensive three-week January program in South Africa that examines inequality and social policy through the lens of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Two-thirds of the persons living with HIV/AIDS are in sub-Saharan Africa, and South Africa has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world. The HIV/AIDS epidemic mirrors the social fault lines of deprivation, disempowerment, and dependency. South Africa offers an interesting context for exploring how differential access to resources influences risk.
This intensive course abroad will introduce students to primary and secondary education in the township and rural schools of Grahamstown, South Africa. Participants will design and implement lesson plans focusing on basic reading and English concepts for South African learners in grades 5 through 8. Participants will design and implement lessons that encourage the development of South African learners' reading, thinking, composing, and content area skills. A course which focuses on the history of South Africa, culture and customs unique to the Eastern Cape region, and rural education in South Africa will be offered every May.