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HIV/AIDS Education

UNESCO's action against HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa

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UNESCO supports responses to HIV and AIDS that are inclusive and sensitive to the needs and issues of all of the population, but with particular attention to key populations especially vulnerable to HIV and young people in school settings.

UNESCO also supports responses that are gender and age responsive, culturally appropriate, evidence-informed, grounded in human rights, and involve people living with HIV and other vulnerable populations at all stages.


Led by UNESCO with the collaboration of UNAIDS cosponsors and other key stakeholders, EDUCAIDS -the Global Initiative on Education and HIV & AIDS - seeks to promote, develop and support comprehensive education sector responses to HIV and AIDS.

EDUCAIDS has two primary goals:
- To prevent the spread of HIV through education
- To protect the core functions of the education system from the worst effects of the epidemic.

Through EDUCAIDS, UNESCO and its partners support efforts at the country level to promote comprehensive education sector responses to HIV and AIDS; plan and prioritise actions; and build partnerships and promote coordination.

Recognizing the vital role of the education sector in the national response to AIDS, the UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations (CCO) launched EDUCAIDS in March 2004. EDUCAIDS has also been designated by UNESCO’s Executive Board as one of three core UNESCO initiatives to achieve Education for All (EFA).

Southern Africa


25 May 2012 Technical expertise to the Ministry of Education and guide an inclusive consultative approach for the development of a MOE Implementation Plan on HIV & AIDS and teenage pregnancies MOE/UNESCO/UNICEF
Technical assistance is required to assist MOE to have a consultative process to develop and adopt an implementation plan on HIV & AIDS integrating issues of learner pregnancy within the overall framework of sexual and reproductive health. More

01 Dec 2011 Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World AIDS Day, 1 December 2011 UNESCO
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for us all to mobilize ever more to meet a challenge that still devastates our societies. More

17 Jun 2011 Call for expressions of interest - Consultancy Supporting and documenting the field testing of HIV&AIDS; indicators for the Education Sector in Namibia UNESCO Office Windhoek
Closing date for submissions: Friday 24th June 2011, 13:00 AM (Namibia time) More

17 Jun 2011 UNESCO recruits a National Programme Officer on HIV and AIDS for Namibia UNESCO Office Windhoek
Closing date for submissions: Wednesday 29th June 2011, 11:00 AM (Namibia time) More

02 Jun 2011 Assessment of current responses to the needs of young people in Namibian Hostels and Boarding Schools UNESCO Office Windhoek
Closing date for submissions: Thursday 16th June 2011, 09:00 AM (Namibia time) More

20 May 2011 Regional training workshop on sexuality education for national curriculum developers and UN technical teams (23-28 May 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa) UNESCO Office Windhoek
Enhancing capacities for integrating sexuality education in national school and teacher training curricula in East and Southern African (ESA) countries. More

22 Mar 2011 Piloting the integration of HIV and AIDS sensitive indicators within education management and information systems UNESCO Office Windhoek
UNESCO is organizing a planning workshop for piloting the integration of HIV and AIDS indicators in education, from 29-31 March 2011 in Windhoek, Namibia, in partnership with the SADC Secretariat, UNAIDS and UNICEF. More

01 Dec 2010 Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World AIDS Day UNESCO
1 December 2010 More

1 December 2010.jpg01 Dec 2010 UNESCO celebrates World AIDS Day on 1 December 2010, with the exhibition Photo-Voice: HIV and AIDS Education for Young People in Africa UNESCO
In recognition of World AIDS Day, UNESCO and the Virginio Bruni Tedeschi Foundation present the exhibit “Photo-Voice: HIV and AIDS Education for Young People in Africa”, photographs taken by young people, parents, and teachers, some whom are HIV-positive, from four countries – Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland. More

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