World AIDS Day: More than 10 million children to participate in “Lesson for Life”From Azerbaijan to Zambia, from Bangladesh, to Kosovo, Malawi, Mongolia, and Vietnam, some 60 countries are organizing a lesson on AIDS for over 10 million 13 to 18 year olds, to be held simultaneously on December 1, World AIDS Day. In Paris, 1,000 children will have their lesson at UNESCO Headquarters from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in Room I.
On the same day at UNESCO, two other events organized at the initiative, and with the support, of Cristina Owen-Jones, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS: the project “Artists for Life” (Designing Hope – UNESCO) will be presented at a press conference at 9.30 a.m. in Room IX and a round table on HIV/AIDS prevention programmes in the private sector (Global Business Coalition) will be held from 12.20 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room X.
While 2.3 million children under 15 years old live with HIV in the world, according to the most recent UNAIDS report, children are absent both from the world’s conscience and from the budget lines of action against HIV/AIDS, says the Global Movement for Children (GMC), which launched the “Lesson for Life” programme in 2003. This yearly HIV/AIDS awareness- raising event for youth takes place in the four corners of the world on 1 December.
French actors Jean-Claude Dreyfus and Patrick Préjean will participate in the “Lesson for Life”, organized by UNESCO in cooperation with GMC and the INTERVIDA association, the French Federation of Women’s Ready-to-Wear and designer Isabelle Marant. The lesson will cover subjects such as the difference between HIV and AIDS, the attitude to adopt when dealing with persons living with HIV/AIDS, how to contact health services, etc.
The “Artists for Life” project was conceived by Designing Hope and brings together 30 contemporary artists from different backgrounds. Its purpose is to provide assistance to the Designing Hope Africa association, run by HIV-positive women working to improve access to information and treatment in South Africa.
“How companies can contribute to the expansion of awareness programmes in the fight against HIV/AIDS?” will be the subject of a debate at the round table organized by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC) with UNESCO. Delphine Caroff (Lafarge), Alain Evrard (L’Oréal) and Catherine Ferrand (Total) will present the HIV/AIDS prevention education programmes operated within their companies and speak of their outreach, notably to schools.