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GAA - Global AIDS Alliance
Advocacy Brief on Education and AIDS (May 2005)
Accelerating Efforts to Achieve Universal Basic Education: A Critical Component of the Global AIDS Response
GAA, May 2005, 8 pp

Reproduced with kind permission of the Global AIDS Alliance.


"Today, over 113 million children in the world’s poorest countries do not attend school, two-thirds of them girls. More than half of the countries that are not on track to reach the goal of universal primary education are also those worst affected by HIV/AIDS. The Global Campaign for Education estimates that if all children received a primary education, as many as 700,000 cases of HIV could be prevented each year. In particular, education is a powerful tool for reducing the social and economic vulnerability that exposes girls and orphans to a high risk of HIV/AIDS. Specifically, girls’ education can significantly reduce HIV infection rates by encouraging poverty reduction, gender equality, female empowerment, and awareness of human rights. Education also contributes to female economic independence, delayed marriage, family planning, improved child survival, and work outside the home all of which can slow and reverse the spread of HIV.

In order to expand educational opportunities for girls and orphans and reduce their risk of contracting HIV infection, the Global AIDS Alliance recommends:

Eliminate School-Related Fees. School-related fees prevent millions of children, particularly girls and orphans, from attending school.

Mobilize Additional Resources to Achieve Universal Basic Education. Poor countries need assistance in order to scale up and improve educational systems, as well as to eliminate school fees.

Reform Financing and Delivery Mechanisms. There is an urgent need to reform and accelerate the impact of bilateral education investments and the multilateral Education for All-Fast Track Initiative

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