Accelerating education's response to HIV and AIDS in Nigeria

Case Studies & Research
12 p.

In 2007, the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria, undertook a review in order to document how the Government of Nigeria and development partners worked together to build a systematic education sector response to HIV and AIDS in the country. The review, "Accelerating the education sector response to HIV in the Federal Republic of Nigeria: A review of five years of experience, 2002-2007' is written by authors from the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria, The Partnership for Child Development, Action Health Incorporated, Nigeria and the World Bank. It serves as a case-study for a wider review of education's response to HIV in sub- Saharan Africa called 'Accelerating the Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa: Five Years of Experience 2002-2007'. This document is a summary of the Nigeria review. The education sector has a central role to play in the multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS; in reducing stigma, in promoting prevention, and in providing access to care, treatment and support for teachers and staff, a group that represents more than 60% of the public sector workforce in many countries. A key argument for such activities is that school-age children have the lowest HIV prevalence of any age group; and with proper education they can acquire knowledge, skills, and values to help protect themselves from HIV.

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