27.12.2010 - UNESCO Office in Moscow

UNESCO equips teachers in the Tyumen region with evidence-informed approach to HIV prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion among young people

On November 23-24, 2010, more than 60 health educators and teachers of the Tyumen region, Russian Federation, were introduced to UNESCO’s evidence-informed approach to HIV prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion. The two day workshop focused on the content and objectives of prevention education that can help students make informed and healthy choices.

The workshop was hosted by the Departments of Health and Education of the Tyumen Region and was organised jointly with the Institute for Family Health, a Russian non-governmental research and training organisation.

The workshop participants were sensitized on the importance of prevention education and received useful tips and proven approaches to curriculum development and delivery.  The importance of parents’ engagement into HIV prevention and reproductive health education, along with careful selection, preparation and ongoing support to educators who deliver relevant curriculum was widely discussed at the workshop.

Mr.Yepoyan, UNESCO HIV and AIDS adviser for  Eastern European and Central Asian countries, presented the International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education and other materials designed by UNESCO as part of EDUCAIDS, the UNAIDS global initiative on HIV prevention.

Workshop participants were briefed on the results of UNESCO supported large-scale review of the impact of prevention educational programmes implemented in 87 countries on adolescents’ sexual behaviour.  The review provided evidence that quality programmes that deal with sexuality education and reproductive health issues did not have harmful effect: they did not hasten the initiation or increase sexual activity; some of them delayed it and increased condom use. Such programmes encourage responsible family planning and postponing or abstaining from an early sexual debut.

The workshop participants were also familiarised with the common characteristics of programmes that are effectively increase knowledge, clarify values, shape attitudes, develop skills and make a lasting impact on adolescents’ and young people’s behaviour.

This workshop provided an opportunity also to discuss what schools and kindergartens  have to do to secure protective and discrimination free environment for HIV-affected and infected children

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