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International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Title
Building Blocks: Asia (Education)
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Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children
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International HIV/AIDS Alliance, 2006, 24 pp
Description

See related series of publications. Reproduced with kind permission of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Abstract

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance, with funding from USAID, has produced this series of practical briefing notes to assist policy-makers, programme managers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), local government and communities to respond to the needs of children affected by HIV and AIDS1 in Asia. The briefing notes focus on how programmes can strengthen the capacity of children, families and communities. They do not include general information on HIV and AIDS, as this is available in many other publications. These briefing notes are part of a set of seven, comprising six topics and an overview; Health and nutrition; Livelihoods and economic strengthening; Education and training; Care and psychosocial support; Social inclusion.
Children affected by HIV and AIDS may be less likely to be enrolled in school or to attend regularly. Those at school may not perform to their potential because of grief and anxiety, isolation and withdrawal, or stigma and discrimination. Poverty means that many children ome to school hungry, tired, sick and unable to concentrate, and therefore do less well. Some affected children drop out of school early because they need to earn an income to support themselves or their families, or to perform domestic chores, or because they lack adult support and guidance. This is particularly the case for girls. If children do not remain in school long enough to achieve basic literacy or qualifications, this affects their opportunities for future training and employment. It is vital for children that they attend school and take full advantage of their education. As well as providing children with skills and qualifications, school is very important for their psychological development. School can provide children with a safe, structured environment, the emotional support and supervision of adults, and the opportunity to learn how to interact with other children and to develop social networks. Education, in and out of school, can also reduce children’s risk of HIV infection by increasing their knowledge, skills and opportunities. Children also need vocational training, especially those who have to earn money. Providing children with vocational skills strengthens families’ economic coping capacity, and improves children’s life chances and future employment prospects."

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  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Overview), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 18 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Health and Nutrition), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 28 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Livelihoods and Economic Strengthening), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 24 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Care and Psychosocial Support), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 26 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Social Inclusion), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 20 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]
  • International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Building Blocks: Asia (Protection), Briefing notes for communities working with orphans and vulnerable children, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, 2006, 22 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]