The leadership role of primary school principals in economically disadvantaged areas affected by HIV and AIDS
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This study formed part of the broad theme on the impact of HIV and AIDS on school-going learners sponsored by the Dynamics for Building a Better Society programme of the University of the Western Cape and the VLIR Partnership. HIV and AIDS poses a unique challenge to society in that it is a private disease transmitted mainly through unprotected sex that still has no known cure. A challenge to society invariably challenges schools. Primary school principals are obligated to respond because learners in the 5 to 14 year age range provide an opportunity for education, advocacy, prevention, treatment and support. This study aimed to contribute to a better understanding of school leaders and their responsibility towards HIV and AIDS and poverty.