Cooperation with OFID in the field of HIV and AIDS

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UNESCO and OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) have been cooperating in the field of HIV and AIDS since 2008. Thanks to OFID’s HIV and AIDS grant window, significant activities have been carried out in different regions of the world, including Asia, East and Southern Africa, as well as West and Central Africa.

Main Activities and Achievements in Asia:

The first OFID - UNESCO agreement on “Mitigation of the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Asia through Education,” was concluded in February 2008, endeavouring to reduce the pandemic by raising awareness about HIV and AIDS through the education system in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Jordan, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Syria, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam.

The objectives of the project implemented between 2008 and 2012 were the following:

1. Consolidating knowledge and developing prevention toolkits;

2. Strengthening strategic planning, developing curricula, training and monitoring;

3. Promoting HIV/AIDS education through the media;

4. Strengthening tools for international monitoring and response for HIV and AIDS impact on education;

5. Scale-up HIV and AIDS education in schools.  

Main achievements included the translation of the Prevention Toolkit into 9 languages, over 20,000 hard copies and 10,000 CD-ROMs have been distributed to key education sector stakeholders and a Teacher Training Manual that has been translated into 4 languages and of which over 8,000 hard copies have been distributed.

The success of this project paved way to other OFID/UNESCO programmes.

Main Activities and Achievements in East and Southern Africa :

In November 2009, UNESCO and OFID signed an agreement for a $3.5 million partnership programme “Comprehensive Education Sector responses to HIV /AIDS in East and Southern Africa” to support ministries of education and other national stakeholders in enhancing national responses to HIV and AIDS. It was implemented in 17 countries and ended in October 2012. The project has been conducted within the framework of EDUCAIDS, the UNAIDS global initiative on education and HIV and AIDS led by UNESCO.

This Project has made a significant contribution to sustaining efforts in reducing HIV prevalence among young people aged 15-24. This has been done by reinvigorating education responses to HIV and AIDS in target countries and the whole region, hence durably benefiting the education systems of 17 countries, representing an estimated 72,723,000 learners and 1,514,000 teachers at primary level, 13,483,000 learners and 695,000 teachers at secondary level, and about 4,000,000 students and 200,000 teachers at tertiary level.

Currently a new initiative is being carried out in West and Central Africa:

A new agreement between UNESCO and OFID amounting to $1.2 million to support comprehensive education responses for HIV and AIDS in 14 francophone countries in West and Central Africa has been signed in Vienna in April 2012. Through high quality technical support, UNESCO will provide teachers, learners, and communities across West and Central Africa to enable greater access to quality education on HIV and AIDS, as well as to improve knowledge, attitudes and skills for HIV prevention.

The main objective is to protect the core functions of the education system from the worst effects of the epidemic, through care and support to learners and teachers living with HIV. This project is being implemented in collaboration with other UNAIDS cosponsors and a range of key stakeholders.

For further information contact Chris Castle c.castle(at)unesco.org

 

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