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IATT on Education Presentation at the 12th General Conference of the Association of African Universities

From 04-05-2009 to 09-05-2009 (Nigeria) 

IATT on Education Presentation at the 12th General Conference of the Association of African Universities

On the occasion of the 12th General Conference of the Association of African Universities(AAU), over 200 university Vice Chancellors from 28 African and 7 other countries gathered in Abuja, Nigeria, on 4-9 May 2009 to share, debate, network and plan for “Sustainable Development in Africa: the Role of Higher Education”.

As one of four concurrent parallel events, the session on HIV and AIDS attracted the largest audience - approximately over half of the participants.

Two AAU Sub-Regional Network Coordinators (for South and West Africa respectively) presented the results of an impact assessment on the HIV and AIDS programmes carried out by AAU members in 2005-2008, and the strategy for 2009-2013.

Remarkable progress has been made by the AAU members in the past four years including:

  • the development of 12 institutional HIV policies;

  • the establishment of sub-regional networks to share best practices in HIV management in Eastern, Central, West and Southern Africa;

  • 65 university leaders and 44 university managers reached with skills development trainingand;

  • documentation and publication of best practice models and trends in higher education response to HIV and AIDS in Africa.;

However, challenges remain, as some universities remain under-committed and unprepared.

Strategic objectives for the coming four years were presented and include:
  • strengthened AAU leadership and sub-regional networks;

  • enhanced university research and training;

  • improved HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support among AAU members; and

  • a strengthened AAU Secretariat for coordination.

The UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education (IATT) was invited to deliver a presentation at the Session. The presentation:
  • emphasised the important role of higher education institutions in HIV and AIDS responses

  • introduced the IATT and its Working Group on Higher Education as a resource and mechanism for support

  • reflected on key issues and gaps

  • advocated for a comprehensive approach for the higher education sector to respond to HIV and AIDS

The AAU has been a member of the IATT since 2007, and leads the IATT Working Group on Higher Education.

  • Organizer: AAU 
  • Start date (local time): 04-05-2009 12:45 pm
  • End date (local time): 09-05-2009 12:45 pm
  • Abuja, Nigeria

  • © AAU - AAU delegate listens to presentation
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