Education sector response to HIV/AIDS

In moving towards a holistic, sector-wide view of the impacts and challenges of HIV, and the use of all components, modalities and capacities of the education system to address and mitigate those impacts, a comprehensive education sector response at the country level has been promoted.

UNESCO works closely with national education sectors and other partners to ensure that quality HIV education is available to empower children and young people by building their knowledge and skills and by promoting values and behaviors that enable them to secure their future. UNESCO’s support is undertaken through three strategies, namely the strengthening of (i) policy and management systems, (ii) content, curriculum and learning materials, and (iii) educator training and support.

Strengthening HIV and Sexuality Education in the Pacific

In 2012 UNESCO undertook an attitudinal survey in Nauru, Niue, Palau and Samoa to gauge the support for HIV and SRH Education in primary and secondary schools. The findings reflect overall support from principals, teachers, parents and students. The survey reports are being published and will be available in hard and electronic copy early 2015.

The Ministers of Education’s Meeting in the Cook Islands this year endorsed a ‘Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Approach’ which will take into account a broader Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights approach. 

In 2015 UNESCO will be engaging a consultant to assess the readiness of the four countries to commence a CSE programme to ensure the countries are in the best position to prioritise activities and progress according to their specific realities.

UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF are also progressing towards a joint CSE programme to support  5 more countries.

For more information contact: Andrew Peteru, National Programme Officer in HIV and AIDS Education.

© Niue Department of Education

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