This paper argues that open and flexible learning can play a proactive role in facilitating such government action through offering alternative pathways to learning that complement and enrich conventional schooling and meet learners' needs more effectively. To support this argument the paper firstly reviews key open learning initiatives in SSA that aim to reduce the spread of HIV through prevention education and ‘edutainment’, considers their impact and identifies principles of best practice. Secondly, the paper draws on work in progress on the SOFIE Project to identify key factors influencing access to schooling in high HIV prevalence areas of SSA and educational interventions to increase access to learning. Finally it considers what a new, more appropriate model of schooling might look like and considers the preconditions needed for such educational reform.
Pridmore, P. Opening up access to learning in high HIV prevalence areas of sub-Saharan Africa. (2008) 6 pp.