The Education Sector in UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Ababa focuses mainly on primary and secondary education within Ethiopia with girls’ education being one of the specific target groups. The CAP EFA program Ethiopia is one of the key education program implemented. HIV/AIDS is another priority area for the education sector at UNESCO Addis Ababa where a plan of action is being currently followed.
Two HIV/AIDS studies conducted by UNESCO
Ethiopian schools, technical and vocational education training institutes, colleges, and universities have a task to develop strategies to protect the lives of students and other stakeholders who are not yet infected with HIV and also to support and protect human rights of those who live with the virus.
In line with this task, and from funds obtained from UNAIDS, Program Acceleration Fund and OPEC Fund for International Development, two studies were conducted by UNESCO to assess the current HIV/AIDS and gender responses of the higher educational institutions and to document good practices on HIV/AIDS and gender interventions in order to develop strategies based on the existing responses.
The two studies were published in October, each in 300 copies, and handed over to the Ethiopian Ministry of Education which is responsible for further distribution to the higher educational institutions. First publication is entitled - Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS: Assessment on Responses of Higher Education Institutions to HIV/AIDS and Gender in Ethiopia and the second one is entitled - Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS: Learning from good practices in Ethiopia.