Using Longrnan Health Education Readers for HIV/AIDS Awareness Among Neighbourhood Kids in Makurdi, Nigeria
Josephine Egbor Odey
Department of Curriculum & Teaching, Benue State University, Makurdi

This paper is a report of a reading project carried out among neighbourhood kids in the staff quarters of Benue State University, Makurdi. Challenged by the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the State as well as personal involvement of care and support for an infected relation, the author used an already existing neighbourhood kid group KIDRAMAT (Kids at Reading and Drama Time) to create HIV/AIDS awareness through reading. Nine titles of the Longman Health Education Readers were distributed among 12 kids who read over a period of three weeks and responded to a questionnaire that was pre—tested on them before the treatment. Post-test scores showed marked increases in knowledge at both cognitive and affective levels and children showed great enthusiasm in the “read, play and learn” project.Among others it is recommended that Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN) should get involved in developing literacy and health programmes to meet the health needs of the youths, especially as it relates to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support.

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