10.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

New tool analyzes HIV prevention and sexuality education programmes in schools

Workshop building on SERAT results in Guinea-Bissau in 2011 © UNESCO/Xavier Hospital

UNESCO Dakar has developed a new tool called SERAT, which is being used to analyze HIV prevention and sexuality education programmes at primary and secondary school levels.

The aim is to reduce sexually transmitted diseases, gender-based violence and teenage pregnancy.

"The tool is designed to be straight-forward to use and give immediate visual charts showing the areas of strength and weakness in a programme. It covers planning, content, teacher training, delivery and also reflects the national context," says Ulla Kalha, UNESCO's Coordinator for HIV and AIDS in Central and Western Africa.

The tool is in Excel format, and there is also an outline to write a narrative report using the results of the assessment.

Growing interest

The tool was first tested in Guinea-Bissau in 2011 and is now being used in other parts of Africa, as well as in other regions. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will use the tool in five western and central African countries.

Several NGOs have also expressed interest in using the SERAT. The International Planned Parenthood Federation, for example, asked for UNESCO’s support to adapt the tool to meet its specific needs.

The SERAT tool will shortly be available online. It will also be presented at the upcoming XIX International AIDS Conference to take place in Washington, United States from 22-27 July 2012.

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