Courage and Hope:
African Teachers Living Positively With HIV
A film telling four teachers’ experiences of living positively with HIV
An estimated 122,000 teachers in sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV have been given voice in a collaborative project by the World Bank and African Ministries of Education networks of HIV/AIDS focal points. The output is a book titled "Courage and Hope: Stories from Teachers Living with HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa" that has been turned into a documentary film produced by Partnership for Child Development with support from the World Bank.
Courage and Hope: The Book
The book, available in both English and French, records the personal stories of 12 HIV-positive teachers from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania (both mainland and Zanzibar) and Zambia. The stories, recorded by African journalists in each of the above countries, offer courage and hope to the other estimated 121,988 teachers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
Courage and Hope: Stories from Teachers Living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa (PDF, 2.3MB)
Courage and Hope: The Film
Inspired by the book, the documentary film, Courage and Hope: African Teachers Living Positively was produced. Four of the teachers featured in the book agreed to go before a camera and tell their stories. The film details the challenges these teachers face once their positive status becomes public. These range from stigmatization to shunning and discrimination against them and their families. Yet, despite the hurdles they encounter, they are confident that by accessing effective care, support and anti retroviral medicines, they are able to live and enjoy full and healthy lives while serving as positive role models to their students and communities.
English | French
The film Courage and Hope: African Teachers Living Positively was first screened at the International AIDS Conference 2008 in Mexico, and was officially launched on December 3, 2008 at the 2008 International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Dakar, Senegal with a simultaneous launch taking place in Geneva at the UNAIDS Film Festival for World AIDS Day 2008.
An estimated 200 participants attended the launch of the film in Dakar, with representatives of partner agencies and civil society groups including UNAIDS, UNESCO-Breda, UNICEF, Education International, the UNAIDS InterAgency Task Team on Education. Members of the local press were also in attendance, as were the four teachers appearing in the film.
Launch panel discussants included: M. Adama Diop, Ministry of Secondary and Higher Education of Senegal; Debrework Zewdie, Global HIV/AIDS Program of the World Bank; Elizabeth Lule, ACTAfrica of the World Bank; Barbara de Zalduondo of UNAIDS; and Insa Diallo, representing Education International. The launch was chaired by Donald Bundy of the World Bank.
- Executive Producers: Alice Woolnough, Lesley Drake and Donald Bundy
- Director of Photography: Thierry Humeau
- Editors: Russ Hull, John Benedetto
- Original Music: David Sherman
- Produced and Directed by: Daphne Glover Ferrier and Tim Baney