HIV/AIDS AWARENESS, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
AIDS threatens every man, woman and child in Africa today.
The pandemic is the most serious social, labour, and humanitarian
challenge of our time. Against this backdrop Self Empowerment
International has committed itself to specific human capacity-building
initiatives for scaling up HIV/AIDS Awareness, Prevention
and Treatment programmes. Harnessing the knowledge and insights
gained from extensive research and development, the e-thena
Training Solutions dealing with HIV/AIDS education and antiretroviral
therapy (ART) delivery training was developed over four
years. The aims of the e-thena Training Solutions
- Educate and promote understanding amongst all individuals
including all workers across the board, communities, school
children, clinical and community health workers, counsellors,
nurses, clinical officers, social workers, community leaders
(eg. sangomas), volunteers, medical officers and those
who are HIV positive.
- To ensure access to good-quality awareness, prevention
- To prevent new infections by means of e-thena
- To improve the overall quality of in-country health
care and education by means of scaling up human capacity-building
Self Empowerment International's main objectives
with the e-thena Training Solutions are all related
to the expansion of a crucial knowledge and skills base
of individuals and communities, in order to stem the tide
of HIV/AIDS more effectively and to facilitate the delivery
and management of ART.
In order to achieve the most effective training outcomes
Self Empowerment International constantly strives to provide
the best possible technical support for training, developing
and publishing core training packages and solutions for
HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention and ART delivery.
Self Empowerment International's e-thena Training
Solutions programme has been developed into South Africa's
11 official languages as well as in Portuguese and French
for Anglophone and Francophone parts of Africa. e-thenaTraining
Solutions is also available in other major languages. The
e-thena training programme is a computer based (CBT)
awareness and prevention programme that is available in
- touch screen kiosk
- CD Rom
e-thena is an interactive multimedia
programme during which the user can dictate his own pace
of learning. e-thena uses animation and has very clear
graphics. The use of audio-visual presentation enhances
the transfer of information to users. Self Empowerment International's
e-thena HIV Awareness and Prevention programmes have
been designed with interactive functionality that is easily
navigable by users who are not computer literate.
Self Empowerment International's overall mission is
to significantly reduce the level of human suffering caused
by HIV/AIDS, and to lessen its impact on the development
of social, economic and human capital globally by providing
the best health education available by using cutting edge
HIV/AIDS awareness and education programmes as offered by
the e-thena Solutions.
HIV / AIDS IN THE WORLD OF WORK
is high time we tapped the strengths of the business
sector to the full. AIDS affects business. The spread
of the pandemic has caused business costs to expand,
and markets to shrink. As both the current balance sheet
and future indicator show, the business community needs
to get involved to protect its bottom line. We need
your help - right now. There are already several examples
that prove the unparalleled positive impact that corporate
action can have in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It is
turn those examples into concerted and strategic actions
in the workplace, in advocacy and in building on your
- Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, in a
speech given to the United States Chamber of Commerce,
Washington DC in June 2001.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION (ABET)
How does HIV/AIDS affect the workplace?
- Reduced supply of labour
- Loss of skilled and experienced workers
- Changes in composition of labour force and early
entry of children into employment
- Mismatch between human resources and labour requirements
- Reduced productivity
- Absenteeism and early retirement
- Increased labour costs for employers
- Loss of wage earners in a household
- Increase in female-headed households
Self Empowerment International has grown into one of the most
highly recognised ABET and Lifeskill providers in the country.
What makes SEI unique is that they are able to integrate ABET
and Lifeskills in a holistic manner so as to fast-track the
learner through the various ABET levels. SEI has found a unique
technique to ABET training and development, which is a far
quicker and more exciting way of learning. In this light SEI
have managed to achieve high pass rates in the national International
Examination Board (IEB) examinations in 1999 and 2000 respectively.
SEI can proudly state that they can, and have for that matter,
trained functionally illiterate Pre-ABET learners to read
and write in his/her mother tongue within 60-80 hours.
SEI's different products and services play an ever increasing
role in today's workplace with approximately 60% of the South
African workforce being functionally illiterate. After extensive
ABET training there is a definite increase in productivity
levels, as well as an increase in worker pride and loyalty.
Communication within companies are more defined, gender and
cultural relationships are improved and SEI's training also
sets the platform for Employment Equity compliance.
Self Empowerment International offers Adult Basic Education
Training (ABET) in an extremely unique manner. Prior to SEI
putting a delegate into ABET training, they first conduct
a personal profile, which offers the client a full diagnostic
report on each delegate in order to place them in their correct
Pre-ABET or ABET levels 1-4. During Pre-ABET training the
person learns through "fun packed" learning which
has accrued great success. Once the learner reaches level
1 they are also taught lifeskills to fast-track them through
the various ABET levels. SEI's range of trainers are specifically
selected to teach the various levels of ABET to ensure successful
pass rates. The ABET learner benefits enormously from the
knowledge not necessarily previously encountered. Assessments
are carried out by means of Independant Examination Board
NATIONAL QUALIFICATION FRAMEWORK
In accordance with the Skills Development Act (1998) companies
are faced with various questions. What is the NQF and why
do we need it? What is an SGB? Where do we pay our SDA levies?
How can we get our levies back? And are our current learning
programmes redundant? Companies need not worry, as these questions
and more are addressed in one of the four product sections
offered by Self Empowerment International.
The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is a framework
for a system of National recognition, which aims to recognise
a learner's competence in relation to registered national
standards. SEI offers workshops wherein delegates are able
to demonstrate an understanding of the NQF, the structures
that support it and the objectives of these structures within
the South African context. The workshops also address the
role and construction of unit standards and assessment in
the workplace. Appropriate delegates would be those with an
inherent strategic focus within the organisation and more
specifically those involved with training and development.
Self Empowerment International provides the following services:
- NQF Alignment
- Understanding NQF workshops
- Assessor training
- Developing Learning Guides
- Implementing Learnerships
- Training & Skills Development
Self Empowerment International educates clients on the Employment
Equity Act (EEA) state of health of employees. The Act legislates
against discriminatory practices and imposes affirmative
action requirements on most employers.
SEI delivers a comprehensive range of facilitated services
and products to assist clients with all aspects of consultation,
right through to the submission of the EE plan primarily
with the world of work.
Preparing an employee to become a small business Entrepreneur
in the event of early retirement/retrenchment.
SMALL BUSINESS ENTREPENEURSHIP
Global competition in the market place has caused many companies
to downsize and concentrate more on their core business.
The rate and extent of change is likely to accelerate as
companies continue their efforts to reach their correct
staff levels necessary to attend to the core elements of
business. Self Empowerment International has developed an
extremely successful Small Business Training Programme,
which equips a person to operate a small business in a sustainable
and profitable manner. Those targeted are people who have
never before had exposure to business management or the
functions required to run a small, yet successful business.
What makes SEI unique in their Small Business Entrepreneur
training is that:
- All programmes are mind-mapped; modular outcome based
- so they are simple to read and easy to understand
- They guide the learner to shift from the mindset of
"employee" to that of a "boss" who
is now working for him/herself
- Their step-by-step approach to create proficient business
persons has had amazing results, even if the learner was
almost functionally illiterate beforehand
- They offer after-care service to small business people,
if so required
- Secretarial and bookkeeping services are offered to
not only assist with the start-up, but with the ongoing
service to the functioning business as well
- Prior to the training, SEI conducts a Personal Profile
on each and every person. This indicates their level of
literacy and numeracy, and reveals the person's business
Self Empowerment International has developed a series of targeted
education programmes addressing the urgent needs of targeted
learning. This includes amongst others nutrition education,
gender education and family development education.
LIFE SKILLS SOLUTIONS
In line with Government Departments, Parastatals and corporates
Self Empowerment International has developed a wide range
of specific life skills solutions.