Online course on Youth, Sexualities and SDT/AIDS Prevention

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The distance learning course intends to contribute to access to information on Youth, Sexualities and SDT/AIDS Prevention, as well as to the reduction of stigma and discrimination.

Its main focus is the promotion of health and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and AIDS in the context of sexual and reproductive rights. It addresses direct themes that concern adolescents and youth such as sexual and reproductive issues, prevention on the use of alcohol and other drugs, and prevention of STDs and AIDS.

Its main goal is to mobilize people to become more sensitive on treating those that live with STDs and HIV/AIDS so they can support the development of competencies of education and health professionals that work with youth and adolescents.

The course is aimed at education and health professionals that work within the Health and Prevention in Schools Project (PSE). It is especially aimed at teachers of final grades of basic education and secondary education, and at health professionals that deal with adolescents and youth, especially those working in basic attention health care.

Partnership

It is a partnership between UNESCO, SERPRO, the Ministries of Health and Education, and the Health and Prevention in Schools Project.

The building process of the distance learning course in Portuguese “Juventudes, Sexualidades e Prevenção das DST/Aids” was elaborated and financed by UNESCO in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, and SERPRO. The partnership between the two ministries shows the importance of joining efforts in favour of improving professional capacities in the areas of health and education in Brazil. SERPRO provides technology and expertise to develop capacity-building tools for distance education through moodle platform.

The partnership to develop the course aims at contributing to increase access to educational training in sexuality among professionals in the areas of health and education. Through distance education, it fills an existing gap in Brazil in providing good-quality capacity-building courses due to its vast dimension and specificities. It also contributes to the implementation of educational and health public policies to the young population in territories of shared responsibilities. In addition, it intends to include the principles of human rights in school as a way to decrease vulnerability to various kinds of violence.

New classes are opened every semester.

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