HIV Prevention Life Skills Education in Secondary Schools (LSE)

The Eswatini LSE Program delivered a national, HIV-focused Life Skills Education (LSE) Curriculum in all secondary schools throughout the country, reaching over 100,000 students annually with critical HIV and life skills education.






2011 - 2021

Bringing HIV Prevention Education to Eswatini

Since 2011 we have worked with the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) to bring HIV prevention education and life skills into the formal school system. Our success marks the first ever government-supported national effort to provide HIV prevention information to secondary school students. The scale-up of the club-based life-skills approach into a national curriculum has reached 80,000 secondary school students annually.

While working toward reducing the 27% HIV prevalence in Eswatini, the LSE program’s successes and key activities included:

  • Supporting Eswatini’s National Curriculum Center (NCC) to develop MoET-endorsed Teacher Manuals for Forms 1-5 and a Teacher Training Manual.
  • Equipping MoET staff with skills to conduct teacher training using methodologies that improve teaching by engaging students in learning.
  • Supporting MoET to train 1,906 Guidance and Counseling Head Teachers and Teachers to deliver the LSE curricula.
  • Supporting MoET to launch and roll out the LSE program, providing supportive supervision and teacher refresher and augmented trainings addressing gaps.
  • Monitoring the delivery of the LSE program in 220 secondary schools.
  • Developing supplementary game-based teaching materials integrating HIV content from the LSE curriculum for entertaining activities for adolescents to use in classroom sessions.