First education sector strategy on HIV/AIDS discussed at workshop
“The education sector can play a vital role in the prevention of HIV and AIDS among adolescents and youth through both formal and non-formal education settings. This will also help reduce stigma and discrimination in schools, families and communities,” said Axel Plathe, Head of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, during a workshop held on 15 December in Kathmandu.
The national workshop on “HIV and AIDS Policy and Strategy for Education Sector” was jointly organized by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and the Ministry of Education.
The workshop aimed to seek feedback and suggestions from stakeholders to improve the draft policy and strategy.
International consultant David Clarke presented international trends and the draft policy and strategy, and national consultant, Jhabindra Bhandari presented the Ministry of Education’s initiative on the education’s sector response to HIV and AIDS.
The event provided an important opportunity to share, discuss and consolidate ideas from stakeholders for developing policy and strategies. This document is the first-ever education sector policy and strategy on HIV and AIDS in Nepal.
Participants worked in three groups and presented constructive comments and suggestions.
UNESCO has been supporting the Ministry of Education to mainstream HIV in the education sector in order to achieve the objectives of the national HIV and AIDS policy and strategic plan 2011-2016.
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