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Author
Wijngaarden, Jan; Arun Mallik; Sheldon Shaeffer
Title
The Untapped Potential of School Directors to Strengthen School-Based Responses to HIV/AIDS : HIV/AIDS & Education
Imprint
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Bangkok), Bangkok, 2005, 6 pp
ISBN/ISSN
92-9223-064-6
Url
http://www2.unescobkk.org/elib/publications/HIV_AIDS_EDU3/HIV_AIDS_EDU3.pdf
Description

Discussion paper no III.

Abstract

"Although jeopardized by HIV/AIDS, education itself offers one of the main hopes against the epidemic and its negative consequences (UNAIDS Inter Agency Task Team on Education 2002; World Bank 2002). Given the absence of a cure or vaccine, HIV prevention/sex education and the transfer of skills and attitudes to reduce people’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS are the most effective tools to fight the pandemic. Therefore, the education sector can play an important role in fighting the epidemic. The Ministry of Education (MOE), school heads and teachers play a crucial role within the school system to reduce the spread of the disease by promoting and providing health education for the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Educators have a unique opportunity to influence young people’s ideas about sex and romantic relationships, and to provide them with skills before taking risks."

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