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  1. Promoting parent engagement in schools to prevent HIV and other STDs among teens: information for state and local education agencies

    Parent engagement in schools is defined as parents and school staff working together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of children and adolescents (See Box 1). School staff may already engage parents in a variety of ways that support teens’ academic success, such as through parent-teacher conferences and open houses. …

  2. HIV prevention interventions with young people in schools through Positive Speaking Methodology

    Drawing on the unique experience of young adults who are living with HIV and AIDS, Positive Speaking aims to contribute to the HIV prevention revolution in Namibia, and more specifically: To empower young people and learners with appropriate knowledge and skills about HIV prevention, gender and sexual reproductive health, based on the drivers of the current HIV epidemic, so that they can make the right decisions in future about their relationships and enjoy healthy lives; To change learners’ risk perceptions towards HIV infection, and their attitudes towards people living with HIV; To provide  …

  3. Embrace diversity in school: say no to HIV-related stigma and other forms of discrimination

    What are the challenges an HIV positive student is facing at school? What other forms of prejudice and associated intolerance a student may be encountering? This 4-minute video produced by UNESCO, and supported by UNAIDS, gathers testimonies of young people who suffered from bullying and discrimination in the school environment because of who they are. Bringing into light the real life experiences of HIV-positive, gay, lesbian, overweight and pregnant students helps break the silence often surrounding these issues. …

  4. Stage for change: an artist's guide to gender, sexuality, HIV & AIDS advocacy

    The battle against HIV and AIDS is an urgent one, especially in the Mekong region where millions of lives are at risk. Asia holds 60 percent of the world's population, so even low levels of HIV prevalence mean large number of people infected. In the fight against the disease, our protagonists begin to unite and form community based theatre groups. These groups gain the attention of development organizations and are transformed into arts and cultural development initiatives in the region. …

  5. School-Based Reproductive Health and HIV Education Programs - An Effective Intervention

    Review of evaluated programs shows well-designed programs work, but implementation issues remain challenging. Recent research has confirmed and expanded earlier findings concerning the positive impacts of reproductive health (RH) and HIV education programs. More guidance regarding developing and adapting curricula for diverse settings has also emerged based on sharing of field implementation experiences. …

  6. An international human right: sexuality education for adolescents in schools

    Under international human rights law, states must demonstrate that they have taken steps to fulfill their obligations to ensure the right to health, and the related rights to life, non-discrimination, education and information by removing barriers to adolescents' access to sexual and reproductive health information and providing comprehensive sexuality education in schools that delivers accurate and objective information and is free of prejudice and discrimination.

  7. Violence free zone: end school-related violence, prevent HIV/AIDS

    As national Ministries of Education, with support from the international donor community, begin making partial strides towards the Millennium Development Goals, the significant issue of school-related violence is largely absent from national education plans and from the priorities of donors. School-related violence not only undermines efforts to reach gender parity and universal primary education by 2015, but also dramatically increases children's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. …

  8. Living and learning in a world with HIV/AIDS: HIV/AIDS at school

    Three booklets have been prepared as part of UNESCO's response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, aimed at promoting a supportive school environment of non-discrimination towards people who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS: for teachers, parents and young people.This kit contains three booklets (teachers supporting young people, parents supporting young people, young people acting together) and a poster. The Russian version has been adpated to the Central Asian context.

  9. Leading the way in the education sector: advocating for a comprehensive approach to HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean

    This workbook is designed to help you advocate for a comprehensive approach to combating HIV and AIDS in the education sector. The frameworks, examples and worksheets provided here will guide you in designing an advocacy strategy to inform and influence policymakers and your colleagues.

  10. Accelerating efforts to achieve universal basic education: a critical component of the global AIDS response

    In order to expand educational opportunities for girls and orphans and reduce their risk of contracting HIV infection, the Global AIDS Alliance recommends: Eliminate School-Related Fees. School-related fees prevent millions of children, particularly girls and orphans, from attending school; Mobilize Additional Resources to Achieve Universal Basic Education. Poor countries need assistance in order to scale up and improve educational systems, as well as to eliminate school fees; Reform Financing and Delivery Mechanisms. …

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