06.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Regional workshop for UNESCO staff working in HIV and AIDS in Central and West Africa

Participants at the workshop on HIV and AIDS © UNESCO/Tine Ismaël

Some 25 UNESCO HIV and AIDS focal points in West and Central Africa, recently recruited national programme officers and key partners will get together from 9-13 July 2012 in Dakar, Senegal.

They will discuss the activities to be planned in the context of the grant of $1,2 million that UNESCO recently received from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

The new funding will support HIV and AIDS prevention in 14 French-speaking countries in West and Central Africa, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.

Decide on key priorities

"The aim is to develop and implement comprehensive education sector responses to HIV and AIDS in these countries," says Ulla Kalha, UNESCO's HIV and AIDS coordinator for West and Central Africa.

"We will decide upon key priorities for each of the countries that will receive funds from OFID, in line with UNAIDS and UNESCO priorities at regional and global level," she adds.

The training workshop also aims to strengthen capacities of UNESCO staff to programme in priority areas such as comprehensive sexuality education, including approaches to promote gender equality, and support for learners & educators living with HIV.

Finally, the workshop will train participants in how to improve evaluation and reporting of activities internally and to donors. It will also be an opportunity to introduce SERAT, a new tool developed at UNESCO Dakar with support from Headquarters to analyse HIV prevention and sexuality education programmes, to all staff working on HIV and AIDS in the region.

Special guests

The workshop will be facilitated by a team from UNESCO Paris, UNESCO Dakar and the UNESCO International Bureau for Education (IBE).

Participants from selected UN agencies and other key stakeholders, including international NGOs, will be invited to attend the second and the third day of the workshop presenting specific topics on the agenda and/or participating in the training in programmatic areas.

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