What is Vhutshilo

HETTAS and Vhutshilo

Vhutshilo comes from the Venda word meaning "Life" and consists of three prevention curricula that work to keep young people healthy and free from HIV and STIs. Vhutshilo attempts to teach young people skills that will not only keep them safe, but increase their decision-making abilities, boost self-belief and give them a positive attitude towards their future.

The three Vhutshilo curricula target youth from 10-18 years old, are implemented in community settings and focus extensively on strategies for youth including sexual reproductive health, healthy relationships and prevention of gender based violence.

Click here to get a basic understanding of the programmes and how they work. Or click here to download a brochure that offers an introduction to the Vhutshilo curricula.

HETTAS is a registered Section 21 NGO and is entrusted with providing training and technical assistance to those partners wishing to use the Vhutshilo curricula.

HETTAS has developed all three of the Vhutshilo curricula and trains and supports those partners who wish to implement it.

Click here to go directly to the HETTAS site.

It virtually happened

This is a story of how an NGO whose work focusses on HIV prevention education managed to, in the space of nine months, transition from doing face-to-face trainings to purely online, virtual trainings. Not only was this achieved in a cost-effective manner, but also offers a promising exempla to other NGOs who may be struggling with maintaining their vision, mission and operations during this time of the pandemic crisis.
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Due to Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing, HETTAS with support from USAID re-worked the entire three Vhutshilo curricula and transformed it into a purely online training. This was achieved by using Edmodo as our Learning Management System (LMS). As far as we know, HETTAS is the first NGO in South Africa to migrate training to an online system.

By early February 2021 we had started training NGOs in different provinces simultaneously. Making use of Microsoft Teams for the synchronous ‘live session’ we took youth facilitators through a full five day training. Armed with Teams and Edmodo on their smart phone, they could follow the training, participate and post to the system. The real benefit behind this online training is that the class remains open to the participants and they are able to ask questions and get support during their implementation.

By 7 May 2021, 292 facilitators and supervisors have been fully trained in all three of the curricula. Because facilitators work in pairs that means that 140 pairs are already implementing to groups of 20 youth at a time which makes for significant expansion reach.
Vhutshilo 1 serves 10 – 13 year olds and is facilitated by trained facilitators; Vhutshilo 2 serves 14 – 18 year olds and is facilitated by older trained facilitators. Vhutshilo 3 is meant for 14-18 year old youth living with HIV. Each of the programmes consist of 10 sessions, each 60-75 minutes in duration, with sequential learning objectives and participatory methods specifically developed for youth delivery in after-school or drop-in centre settings.


Please read our Disclaimer for information on the usage of the Vhutshilo curricula


Health & Education Training and Technical Assistance Services

Phone: +27 11 656 2840
Fax: +27 86 651 3698
Email: info@vhutshilo.org.za
Reg. No. 2007/004871/08
NPO registration 064-955