World Aids Day 2013: Getting to zero

Starting with education

This World AIDS Day is an opportunity to celebrate much progress. Globally, new HIV infections are down 33 percent in 2012 from 2001. This is positive, but fragile. In 2013, IIEP continued to advocate for comprehensive education sector responses to HIV and AIDS. The Institute has continued its activities in this area and has been pleased to see results from its previous activities.

Impact on policy in Kenya

In 2011, IIEP was commissioned by the Kenyan Ministry of Education to conduct an impact assessment of HIV and AIDS on the education sector and a situational analysis of the current HIV and AIDS education sector policy implementation. The revised education sector policy on HIV and AIDS based on these findings was launched in 2013 by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. A copy of the policy will be available soon in the HIV and AIDS Education Clearinghouse.

Research: designing a new indicator

IIEP research conducted in 2010 and 2011 revealed for the first time that education programmes for HIV prevention have been far from effective among those countries with the highest HIV rates. In this context, the Institute has continued designing a comprehensive indicator for monitoring and evaluation of young people’s knowledge of HIV and AIDS, which aims to help governments to monitor progress in national prevention strategies. Recommended by UNESCO and the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education, the indicator is a key element to assess the education sector response to HIV and AIDS. See UNESCO publication: Measuring the Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS: Guidelines for the construction and use of core indicators.

Targeting young people

As part of UNESCO’s World AIDS Day Activities, IIEP’s PlanWithYouth team is seeking young people’s views on sexuality and HIV and AIDS education and the role of young people in the response to HIV. This activity will coincide with the screening, at UNESCO Headquarters, of the short film It Happened to Me, about young people and HIV in Nigeria.

Knowledge and information sharing

IIEP coordinates the UNESCO HIV and AIDS Education Clearinghouse, which provides access to over 8,000 resources on HIV and AIDS and education to education professionals, ministries of education, development agencies, civil society, researchers, and other partners. In 2014 we will be launching a new version of the website to facilitate sharing of information through social media tools and extended coverage of our information to health education issues.

UNESCO activities on World AIDS Day

UNESCO undertakes many activities throughout the world on the occasion of World AIDS Day.