• Hilda Vember Cape Peninsula University of Technology




peer educator, HIV and AIDS, sexuality, empowerment, agency, structure, role-models


There are many challenges that young people at HEIs face, especially when confronted with issues of sexuality and HIV/AIDS. HEIs are in a powerful position to fight the pandemic by using various educational strategies to inform students about the disease. The purpose of this research was to explore peer educators’ experience of peer education training at a HEI. A qualitative descriptive design was employed. Focus group interviews were used to collect data, and the data was analysed using thematic content analysis with coding. Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) provided a theoretical framework for the study, enabling issues of agency and structure, credibility and role-modeling to be addressed. It was found that peer educators wanted more input into decision-making within the process.


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Author Biography

Hilda Vember, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Nursing Science, HOD


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How to Cite

Vember, Hilda. 2016. “EMPOWERING PEER EDUCATORS AT HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS (HEIS) TO DEAL WITH HIV AND AIDS”. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development 28 (3):355-72. https://doi.org/10.25159/2415-5829/1844.