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Age-related data regularly show AIDS cases being at their lowest for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 14. The low occurrence of AIDS among those aged 5-14 has led to children in this age range being regarded as constituting a "window of hope". Programmes targeted at this group are seen as providing a special opportunity to prevent infections and reduce the transmission of the disease.However, a number of circumstances relating to the way schools are organised and managed increase the risk of HIV infection for students, teachers and the community in which the school is embedded.
The Ministry of Education (MINED) held a national seminar from 9-13th February 2004, in Maputo, at Joaquim Chissano Conference Center, with the objective of accelerating the sector's response to HIV/AIDS. During the workshop, the current initiatives and responses at the national and provincial levels of the Education sector were presented and debates and discussions took place over the following four key issues: Planning and Mitigation; Prevention; Access to Education for orphans and vulnerable children; Workplace policy