In focus

A Zambian school takes on the challenges of HIV and AIDS

In the early 2000s, the Mulwari Secondary School, located in the outskirts of Livingstone, Zambia, was deeply impacted by the high prevalence of HIV in the local community. Student learning outcomes suffered as a result, with just 32% of grade seven and 30% of grade nine students passing in 2004. “Before, our school was known as the grave school,” said one of the guidance counselors at Mulwari during a school visit in February 2016 as part of the second Learning Champions Forum (part of the Learning Metrics Task Force).

UNESCO, UNICEF, UN Women, UNGEI and UNiTE release #ConnectwithRespect - Advancing gender equality and safe schools in Asia-Pacific

Students learn best in schools that provide safety and social support. However, some young people experience violence and harassment in, around, and on the way to school. This includes gender-based violence, which can take many different forms and can negatively impact students’ learning.