The Role of Education Ministries in the Government’s response to HIV/AIDS in Central Asia

22 October 2003

UNESCO Almaty in collaboration with UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok and UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris and World Bank are preparing for a regional workshop on the role of education ministries in the government’s response to HIV/AIDS in Central Asia. This workshop is planned to be held in 22-24 October 2003 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in close collaboration with UNICEF, UNAIDS and other major players in the education sector’s response. The workshop will draw on experiences from a similar workshop targeting Southeast Asia held in December 2002 in Bangkok, and on discussions with key informants and experts since then.

The workshop will advocate for a stronger and more comprehensive response by Education Ministries in the countries of the Central Asian region: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan – focusing on preventive education and life skills in a wider school health context as well as in non-formal settings, planning and anticipating the impact of AIDS on the education sector, and enhanced collaboration with other Ministries as well as UN and NGO partners. Objectives of the Workshop The Central Asia workshop has the following objectives: 1. To review and update to what extent the Ministry of Education is acting against HIV/AIDS, and what kind of policies, strategies and partnerships with other ministries or organizations are in place (for instance, with UNICEF, UNESCO, UNAIDS, World Education, World Bank). 2. To advocate for stronger involvement of the Ministry of Education in countries’ national response to HIV/AIDS, by presenting and discussing possible actions the Ministry could take to enhance its response. 3. To discuss with Ministry of Education planners, and other MoE departments and MoE partner organizations in taking essential steps for enhancing their response to HIV/AIDS; for instance, how to plan and implement for curriculum changes needed to provide HIV preventive and Lifeskills education to young people in and out of schools 4. To identify needs and gaps for integrating of HIV/AIDS related peer education and life skills based education into educational programmes Proposed date and venue Almaty, 21 -23 October, 2003 Participants & composition of delegations Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan. It is proposed to have delegations from each country including 1. MOE HIV/AIDS focal person or equivalent; 2. MOE Planning department representative; 3. MOE Curriculum department representative; 4. National AIDS Council / secretariat OR Ministry of Health participant; 5. 1 NGO representative OR a representative of the religious sector; 6. The UNESCO focal person OR the UNICEF focal person (for countries where there is no UNESCO office) The following guest speakers / facilitators have been confirmed: Michael Kelly and Eric Allemano. Two consultants to focus on preventive education and curriculum issues will be engaged. The expected total number of participants will be around 45-50. Preparations It is suggested that the country delegations will be asked to prepare a presentation of the situation in their country, focusing on the information they have and on gaps. This will help in pulling together a work plan during the workshop. The attached PowerPoint Presentation format, developed by Michael Kelly, could be a useful tool to do so.

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