UNESCO offices from Almaty to Yaoundé organized a wide range of activities, building on the theme of ‘leadership’ and the Organization's longstanding work on HIV and AIDS.
In Kazakhstan, UNESCO collaborated with the national in-service Teacher Training Institute and other partners to organize a national workshop on HIV prevention education. The workshop raised awareness among teachers and key stakeholders from fifteen regions, building specific skills to deliver education on HIV and AIDS in the classroom, and tested the new version of a manual on HIV prevention for school teachers.
In Thailand, UNESCO worked with other UN agencies and partners on a number of activities, including the organization of a role-play competition on the theme, ‘100% Safe Sex - Youth: You Can Lead’. The event aimed to address young people (aged 15-24) who study in high schools, vocational schools, universities, and Rajabhat and Rajamongkol institutions. The role-plays were videotaped and were due to be made available to schools/vocational schools, universities, government agencies, international organizations and NGOs. Schools and universities were to be encouraged to use the role-play tapes during sex and HIV education classes. Young people were going to benefit by learning about negotiating safe sex.
In China, UNESCO worked with the government, UN agencies, and other partners on a number of activities, including awareness-raising events at universities (e.g. at Renmin University, Beijing), and community culture performances in AIDS-affected ethnic minority communities. This was in the framework of a UNESCO project to develop an AIDS-awareness radio drama series for the Wa ethnic minority in Southwestern China.
The office supported World AIDS Day events and activities in Lebanon, as well as in Egypt in partnership with UNESCO Cairo. In Lebanon, the National AIDS Programme, in close collaboration with UNESCO and other UN agencies, is organizing an information and sensitization campaign. This included, among other activities, a Press Conference, Media Kit (posters, billboards calendars, magazines, TV and radio spots), a one-day health exhibition, and the creation of information stands in some of the most frequented commercial areas in Beirut. The aim was to raise awareness on key HIV- and AIDS-related issues.
In Brazil, a specific slogan was being promoted by the National AIDS Programme ‘Sexo não tem idade proteção também não’ (Sex doesn’t have an age, neither does protection), as recent data suggested an increase of HIV infection among adults. UNESCO Brasilia is working with the government and other UN agencies on a number of awareness-raising activities targeting key audiences, including the organization of a ceremony in Salvador de Bahia to honour the winners of a student poster competition on HIV and AIDS. Additionally, under the L’Oréal Hairdressers Against AIDS initiative, calendars featuring some key prevention messages were sold. Funds collected through this activity were donated to 'Viva Cazuza', a local NGO taking care of orphans due to HIV and AIDS.
In Egypt, there were two objectives for World AIDS Day:
(1) Advocating among decision-makers and especially health professionals for improved access to quality care, support, and treatment for people living with HIV; and
(2) Highlighting individual action in the response to HIV and AIDS, including in the fields of prevention, access to services and efforts to overcome HIV- and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination.
UNESCO Cairo worked with government agencies, UN partners and civil society organizations on a number of related activities, including support to a media campaign and youth-led initiatives, a cycling rally in Cairo, and the organization of a National Conference on HIV and AIDS for Medical Schools. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education and Bibliotheca Alexandria, the National Conference brought together school deans, professors and medical students to review and improve HIV- and AIDS-related content in medical school curricula.
UNESCO Dar es Salaam
In Tanzania, UNESCO’s activities were framed in the context of the national launch of the ‘UN Cares’ programme targeting UN staff working in Tanzania.
In Vietnam, UNESCO held a workshop to discuss the role of the education sector in the overall response to HIV and AIDS in Vietnam, working with Ministry of Education and Training and in partnership with UNFPA and UNICEF. UNESCO is also actively engaged with the Joint UN Team on HIV to produce three opinion editorials on HIV- and AIDS-related issues that were sent to national newspapers, looking at the specific themes of public security, the provincial response of the Ministry of Social Affairs, and education.
The office worked closely with other United Nations agencies and key partners such as ministries of education, networks of teachers living with HIV, teachers unions and development partners to commemorate World AIDS Day 2008 in its cluster countries of Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Key activities included workshops to advocate for the promotion of the rights of teachers living with HIV as part of building comprehensive education sector responses to the pandemic. This was a follow-up to the Technical Consultation on Supporting HIV Positive Teachers in East and Southern Africa organized by UNESCO and Educational International.
UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE)
The 48th session of the International Conference on Education (ICE) was organized by IBE on 25-28 November in Geneva, Switzerland. The ICE brought together 1,500 participants, including Ministers of Education and education experts from all over the world, on the theme of ‘Inclusive Education: the Way of the Future’. There was discussion on education and HIV and AIDS at various sessions of the ICE, and IBE organized awareness-raising activities involving young artists as well as distributing condoms to all delegates, with a cover stating ‘AIDS is still a reality. Education can make a difference. Think about it…’
In Uzbekistan, UNESCO partnered with UNAIDS and civil society organizations to organize a fund-raising event for youth infected or affected by HIV and AIDS, as 2008 is the year of youth in the country. This included a handicraft bazaar (from UNESCO workshops) with products prepared by groups of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Within the framework of the Virginio Bruni Tedeschi / UNESCO initiative supporting the implementation of EDUCAIDS in Southern Africa, UNESCO took an active part in the commemoration of World AIDS Day in Lesotho, Angola, Namibia and Swaziland. In all these countries, UNESCO is working with ministries of education and key partners, including national networks of positive teachers, on awareness-raising activities targeting and involving key audiences, especially young people.
In Cameroon, UNESCO worked closely with other UN agencies on a number of activities organized for World AIDS Day, including sporting events; the projection of documentaries on HIV and AIDS in ten schools; roundtables to discuss HIV- and AIDS-related issues involving young people and key groups such as people living with HIV and sex workers; a voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) campaign; and other awareness-raising events targeting young people and especially young girls and women.
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris
UNESCO organized a meeting on 1 December to commemorate World AIDS Day. Lady Cristina Owen-Jones, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for HIV and AIDS prevention education, previewed a short video on UNESCO’s response to HIV and AIDS as well as launched the new UNESCO HIV and AIDS Education Clearinghouse.
UNESCO’s HIV and AIDS Education Clearinghouse is an online library and knowledge-sharing initiative, providing an interface in English, French and Spanish to technical resources on Education and HIV & AIDS. With over 4,000 references, it targets education professionals, ministries of education, development agencies, civil society, and researchers in providing a knowledge base and information exchange service around HIV and AIDS policies, programmes and advocacy.
Among other activities, UNESCO’s department of Human Resources Management held orientation sessions on HIV and AIDS for UNESCO staff and, together with the staff unions (AIPU/ISAU and STU), distributed male and female condoms, red ribbons and information leaflets to staff and visitors. AIPU/ISAU organized a charity concert in the evening.
All emails generated by UNESCO email accounts had the slogan ‘Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise’ during the period around World AIDS Day.
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