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  1. Impact on Teaching and Support Staff

    This chapter describes the staffing situation, both nationally and in the survey schools. The second section then pulls together the available data to assess current levels of mortality, morbidity and absenteism by staff. The third section reviews the efforts that have been made to prevent and mitigate the impact of the epidemic on staff.

  2. HIV/AIDS and Trauma among learners: Sexual Violence and Deprivation in South Africa

    This article discusses the impact of HIV/AIDS on education in South Africa. South Africa has the fastest growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world. In 2001 over 4 million people were already HIV positive, 56% of them women. It is not yet possible to determine rates of HIV infection in schools and other learning institutions - among educators and among learners. The HIV/AIDS projection model commonly used in South Africa suggests that among 15-19 year olds almost 16% of African females are likely to be HIV positive, compared with about 3% of African males. …

  3. HIV/AIDS in Education Workshop: Convened and facilitated HEARD

    The Workshop was funded by USAID and was convened, organised and chaired by the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division of the University of Natal (HEARD). The main objective of the workshop was to develop an understanding of the impact of the pandemic on education and the economy, and begin to provide management guidelines and frameworks to assist in dealing with the functional realities of administration and planning in a dramatically changing situation.

  4. Recommendations of the Elmina Conference on HIV/AIDS and Education: A Call for Action

    Senior experts from the ministries of education and from other ministries, such as health, coming from13 ECOWAS nations and other countries from Eastern and Southern Africa, from universities, from social partners in education, non-governmental organisations, from UN system organisations at headquarters, regional and national levels as well as from most major international cooperation agencies, met in Elmina 19-23 March 2001. This report covers the issue discussed in that meeting.

  5. Draft Project Document: Strengthening Teacher's Capacity on HIV/AIDS and Life Skills Education: a Pilot Project in Selected Teachers' Training Colleges in Zimbabwe

    This is a project document submmited to the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education in Zimbabwe where UNESCO proposes to support the strengthening of the HIV/AIDS and Life Skills Programme in teacher training colleges. The report looks at the status of the ongoing programme and with input from the collges tries to identify the areas in need of support.

  6. Teach them while they are young, they will live to remember

    This case study focuses on Zambia's Lusaka and Southern Provinces and the views of teachers and pupils of that region with regards to the teaching of HIV/AIDS in basic education. It is limited to the efforts being made by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Zambia on fighting the spread of the disease among school children and teachers.

  7. Standing Education on its head: Aspects of schooling in a world with HIV/AIDS

    This paper argues that HIV/AIDS stands education on its head. Education in a world with AIDS must be different from education in an AIDS free world. The content, process, methodology, role and organization of school education in a world with HIV/AIDS must be radically altered. The entire educational edifice must be dismantled.

  8. Education as a Vehicle for Combating HIV/AIDS

    This think piece highlights the need to protect the education system so that it may also in turn protect. These two perspectives, education a vehicle for reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS and education itself as being threatened by the disease, are the focus of much of the literature on education and HIV/AIDS. In the past, the education sector itself has focused on its role in prevention; however, it needs to focus more on protecting itself so that it can continue to work on educating others. The authors use the conclusion to highlight a sense of urgency and call the reader to action.

  9. Nurturing a Community-based Response: A Special Report on the Impact of ActionAid's HIV/AIDS Work During 1998

    Provides and overview of work with HIV/AIDS in Africa and Asia focussing on the challenge to find ways to asses its impact. While acknowledging their limitations of a) identifying specific behaviour changes and b) attributing it solely to their programme efforts, ActionAid offers a range of qualitative data that demonstrate different levels of change. Recognising its own need to increase monitoring outputs, the organisation also challenges the narrowness of the current monitoring and evaluation criteria and suggests a creative area that would accept a wider variety of data.

  10. Lessons learned about Management of Education under HIV/AIDS conditions

    Outlines lessons learned form managing education given realities of HIV epidemic. The list highlights that constraints are often the inverse of what has been successful. What worked well: Committed informed and aggressive leadership; Shared information; Mobilization of resources- e.g. dedicated and flexible budget lines; Strengthening partnerships to include government officials, community and faith-based groups, donors, and research institutions. …

  11. Management of HIV/AIDS at Education District level

    Argues the importance of having better and regular information at school and district level. Proposes a mechanism for this to be achieved: "Have school circuit and district level officials capture local indicators monthly through the completion of a short questionnaire with mostly numeric answers to be filled out by headmasters from data they already collect. This monthly information would provide a more timely way of addressing pressing issues and responding with action. …

  12. Quick notes: HIV/AIDS Series: Basic Education

    This document provides an over view of international attention attaining Education for All. Education is the key to decrease in poverty and increase in health. With a focus on the girl child, there are long term implications as their increased health directory impacts on their children's increased health. These result in a depressed demand for education. Girls are a particular risk due to gender bias in the home and in the school that favours boys. Case Studies: Bangladesh: Groundbreaking work in rural education, development of relevant curricula, flexible hours and cost effectiveness. …

  13. Using peer promoters in reproductive health programs for youth

    Outlines benefits of using peers in reproductive health programmes for youth, Uses case studies as evidence to highlight: Advantages of using peer educators; Criteria for selecting peer educators; Success of peer education both to target group and peer educator themselves; Lessons learned from using peer education; Cost effectiveness of peer education. Offers and excellent bibliography of programmes that have evaluated their peer education components.

  14. Responding to the socio-economic impact of the HIV epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa: why a systems approach is needed

    In this UNDP issue paper, Cohen highlights a concern that despite recognizing that HIV is underlying development progress of the last decade, current policy and programmes are still created without factoring in the HIV epidemic. He believes that part of the problem is that development problem-solving is still inherently focused on prediction - documenting the fact that progress will be eroded with HIV. …

  15. USAID's response to the impact of HIV/AIDS on the education sector in Africa

    This a two paged paper that outlines USAID's efforts in the education sector to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS. Specifically, it outlines USAID's approach called Education Sector Support (ESS) comprised of three components: classroom based- focused on quality and quantity of student learning; systemic- promotes African led national plans of educational system reform and; sustainable - improves policy analysis, build capacity to manage change and increase expenditure in education. USAID stresses the application of ESS to all levels involved in education from ministry to community. …

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