Improved Learning through better Health, Nutrition and Education for the School-Age Child.
Accelerate InitiativeEducation is one of the most effective preventive approaches against HIV infection, and can help ensure that school age children, who have the lowest rates of infection of any age group, can grow up free of infection. The education sector has a central role in the multisectoral response to HIV and AIDS. But current evidence shows that the education sector response by both countries and agencies has often been slow and inadequate. At the request of countries affected by HIV and AIDS, the UNAIDS Inter Agency Task Team for Education was established as a mechanism for coordinating action on HIV and education among the UNAIDS co-sponsors, bilateral donors and Civil Society. In 2002, the IATT established a Working Group with the specific operational aim of helping countries to “Accelerate the Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS in Africa”. Working with country teams, the Working Group identified five key objectives: To promote leadership by the education sector and create sectoral demand for a response to HIV and AIDS; To harmonize support among development partners, so as to better assist countries and reduce transaction costs; To promote co-ordination with the national AIDS authorities, and enhance access to AIDS funds; To share information on HIV and AIDS that has specific relevance to the education sector; To strengthen the technical content and implementation of the education sector response to HIV and AIDS.
Education for AllUNESCO leads the global Education for All movement, aiming to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015.