In Unit 2 we start off by examining relevant policies and guidelines dealing with education issues relating to HIV and AIDS in the South African context and probe the reasons for the gap between policy and practice. We reflect on three case studies that show what some schools are doing to provide care and support for vulnerable learners. These scenarios act as a stimulus for creating a vision of the school as a centre of care that supports the development of all its learners. A diagrammatic overview of the features of a caring and supportive school is provided, the components of which can be used as the basis for a school management framework.
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