21.11.2012 -

Reducing HIV-related Vulnerability, Stigma and Risk among Youth Through Education


The Inter-Departmental Committee for HIV & AIDS and Drugs (ICHAD) of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) is organizing a three-day National Technical Workshop, from 19-21 November 2012 in Preah Sihanouk Province. The workshop aims to review the the implementation of the Strategic Plan for HIV 2008-2012 and to develop a 2013 annual operational plan for ICHAD.

The participants of the workshop will provide substantial inputs into the nextstrategic plan (2013-2017) and agree on an indicative timeframe to develop it.  The workshop will be chaired by H.E Mak Van, MoEYS Secretary of State and Vice Chairman of ICHAD, with 45 representatives from concerned technical departments of MoEYS, and ICHAD partners including UNESCO, United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA), and Reproductive Health Organization of Cambodia (RHAC).  

The workshop will provide an opportunity to assess the key achievements, lessons learned and challenges from the process of developing comprehensive life skills curriculum on Sexuality, HIV Educative Prevention (LSHEP Curricular) in 2012 and to produce recommendations for implementing the LSHEP Curriculaumincluding setting up a monitoring and evaluation framework.  

Since 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), together with UNFPA and NGO Partners including RHAC and KHANA, has provided technical and financial assistance to ICHAD to revise and develop curriculum on HIV prevention and sexuality education for primary (grade 5 & 6), lower secondary level (grade 7 & 8), upper secondary level (grade 10 & 11) and non-formal education (out-of-school youth). The development of the curriculum has been made based on the recommendations from the Impact Assessment of HIV Life Skills Programme (2009-2010), which embodies the concepts of the International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education of UNESCO. The curriculum development has now successfully reached a final stage and the implementation of the new curriculum will commence  in 2013.  

UNESCO believes that the development of 2013 Annual Operational Plan is a strategic opportunity for ICHAD to promote comprehensive sexuality education to promote effective HIV prevention, as well as addressing unintended pregnancy and other sexually transmitted infections among in-school and out-of-school youth.

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