This paper examines one aspect of the seemingly inexorable advance of HIV/AIDS: the way it has impacted on the education sector in Eastern and Southern Africa. The paper also examines the adjustments the sector has made to the epidemic and the steps it has taken to slow down its transmission. The overall impression is one of disarray, inadequate understanding, and piecemeal response-several projects, but few programmes. The great tragedy of the almost random way education is adjusting to the demands of the HIV/AIDS crisis is that in the present state of human knowledge and science every prevention effort and many impact-management appraoches depend on education.
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