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Extract from a paper prepared for the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.This paper discusses the role of the eucation sector in fighting HIV/AIDS and the education responses to HIV/AIDS. Examples of best practice on prevention, social support for learners and educators and protecting educational quality are given.
This is a report of the first workshop ever held in Kenya for HIV-positive teachers, between 13th and 18th December 2004. It was organised by the Kenya Network of Positive Teachers (KENEPOTE) and the POLICY Project with support from USAID. The 60 HIV positive teachers attending came from all Kenyan provinces. The December 2004 workshop's goal was to sensitise HIV-positive teachers and important education sector stakeholders on KENEPOTE Goals, Vision, Mission and Objectives. …
Kelly stresses the importance of responding to the epidemic quickly. The generation hardest hit is today's young. Prevention and education programs must be put in place now to ensure HIV/AIDS is brought into the mainstream and that positive behaviour change is brought about. The education sector's response must cover many aspects of the epidemic's impact Orphans, teachers, and the educational staff all require well-developed comprehensive plans. Kelly's paper considers the major arenas in which the education sector must play a role to fight the disease and move forward.