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Unique Training | Creative Approach



Unique Training

First, and most important, Malawi Matters’ training design is unique. We promote a self-sustaining “train the trainer” education program that empowers Malawians to independently train others about HIV and AIDS. The activities and learning experiences are intended for youth and adults and focus on a variety of social settings—world, nation, community, school, congregation, family and self. The activities are flexible enough to meet various learning abilities and interests. They are guides—not lesson plans—and can be used in many contexts. Since Malawi is essentially an oral culture, with many who are illiterate and impoverished, our program brings meaningful training at a grassroots level by:

  • designing lessons based on storytelling, music, drama, dance, and art—methods and approaches that Malawians already know and understand, but also best practice strategies that make for effective instruction.
  • equipping key leaders from congregations and villages so that they, in turn, can train those in their constituency, who then continue to pass on the training to others.
  • sustaining cost-effective practices, using simple supplies that do not require expensive or impractical teaching aids.


“Creative Methods of HIV and AIDS Education,” a weeklong course based on lessons in the books Through the Heart: Creative Methods of HIV and AIDS Education (Wezeman, Phyllis Vos. Leeds, MA: LeaderResources, 2011), and Creating Compassion: Activities for Understanding HIV/AIDS (Wezeman, Phyllis Vos. Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 1994), began as a pilot program in the Central region of Malawi through the Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian in 2006 and 2007.

View the flier for the book.


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An estimated 1,000,000 Malawians are infected with HIV or have AIDS

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