Supporting anti-AIDS Clubs in Rwandan Schools
UNESCO, working in collaboration with the Rwanda Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), HIV Coordination Unit conducted training on Anti-AIDS Clubs for 341 teachers of primary schools from the Eastern Province. The trainings took place in March 2011 at La Palisse Hotel, Gashora.The need to conduct the training was informed by the findings of an assessment of gaps in the Anti-AIDS Clubs in schools which revealed that 12% of schools in the 14 districts that participated in the study did not have clubs. The study was conducted by CDLS.
The training therefore sought to build the capacity of teachers to initiate formation and coordinate the running of the clubs. The teachers were trained to become Patrons of Anti AIDS clubs, a role that involves starting the club and training club members as peer educators. It was found that peer educators have been instrumental in disseminating workplace programs and knowledge and awareness on HIV and AIDS. The training also focused on building the teachers’capacity to organize workplace programmes for teaching and non-teaching staff of schools to respond adequately to the pandemic.
The trained teachers will now act as the focal points and advocates of HIV and AIDS issues in their respective schools.