UNESCO-UNDP DEBATE ON AIDS AND ITS IMPACT ON THE EDUCATION SECTORParis - The HIV/AIDS epidemic has had a serious impact on education. As part of the July 7-12 International AIDS Conference in Barcelona, UNESCO and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are holding a meeting in the city on July 7 to discuss the extent of this impact and how to curb the epidemic.
In addition to highlighting the impact of the disease on students and teachers, the meeting will look at the involvement of young people in drawing up prevention programmes that are key to slowing the spread of the epidemic.
The meeting will consist of two one-hour sessions. The first, called "The impact of HIV/AIDS on education - do we know enough?" will be chaired by Gudmund Hernes, UNESCO HIV/AIDS Coordinator and Director of UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), and will include papers by Peter Aggleton, Dean of Research and Consultancy at London University's Institute of Education, Gabriel Rugalema, of UNDP's Regional Project in Pretoria (South Africa) and James Mbwika, of the Finance and Business Economic Consultancy (FIBEC, Kenya).
The second session, called "Approaching and Managing HIV/AIDS in the Education Sector," will be chaired by Anne Githuku Shongwe, Regional Policy Advisor with the UNDP Regional Programme on HIV and Development, and will include Kgobati Magome, of the South African Department of Education, Peter Badcock-Walters, of the HIV and Health Research Department of Natal University (South Africa), Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, of the University of Namibia, and Roy Hauya, from Malawi.
The meeting will be from 5 - 7 p.m. in Room 1,Caixa Forum, Avenida del Marqués de Comillas 6-8, Barcelona.