The Bank’s portfolio of education projects is wide-ranging. These projects are helping countries, for example, expand pre-school coverage, improve the supply and quality of primary and secondary school teachers and textbooks, promote health and nutrition through the school system, provide scholarships for secondary schoolgirls, design financing for higher education, and strengthen school management.
Recent Education Projects with HIV/AIDS components in current operation:
Sri Lanka National HIV/AIDS Protection Project
A life-skills based education program was introduced into the school curriculum for grades 7-9 in 1997. The key focus areas are values, reproductive health, preventing HIV and AIDS, preventing substance abuse, gender issues, and related topics of violence prevention and conflict resolution. More recent discussions have emphasized the need also to address HIV and AIDS prevention within the context of overall school health and well being, including improved nutrition. Stronger synergy between the work undertaken by the Health and Education sectors is being developed.
Senegal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Project
Overall, the development objective of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Project is to assist the Government in preventing the spread of the epidemic by reducing transmission among high risk groups, expanding access to treatment, care, and support for people with HIV/AIDS, and, supporting civil society, and community initiatives for the prevention, and care of the epidemic. Project components will: 1) strengthen the capacity of implementing agencies, and coordination structures, by reinforcing the resource management, implementation, and monitoring of government agencies, civil society, and the private sector, as well as strengthen the capacity of local organizations, and rural communities in designing demand-driven HIV/AIDS activities. Technical assistance (TA), and training services within ministries, nongovernmental organizations, and community-based organizations, will be provided, as well as TA, and equipment to implement a monitoring and evaluation plan; 2) support prevention, care, and social support and mitigation, through a private financial management agent, contracted to manage grants, covering a wide range of activities, including activities for helping orphans; 3) expand HIV/AIDS activities by developing work plans, and budgets to support health, women and youth, education, and technical/vocational training, including the prevention of mother-to-child transmission; and, 4) facilitate program coordination, and monitoring of project operations, and, consolidate project management and administration support.
India: The Ministry of Human Resource Development and the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), in collaboration with development partners, are scaling up programs for educating adolescents about HIV and AIDS. The plans call for training teachers and peer educators in conducting courses and leading study groups on HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention. The programs aim to reach at least 33 million students in secondary schools over the next three years.
Uganda HIV/AIDS Control Project
The HIV/AIDS Control Project will support Uganda's National Strategic Framework, which aims at reducing the spread of HIV infection, mitigate the health, and socioeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS at individual, household, and community levels, and strengthen the national capacity to respond to the epidemic. The project components will: 1) support HIV control activities, coordinated by the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC), which would include capacity building to enhance UAC role. Implementation of legal initiatives will be promoted concerning ethical and human rights issues related to HIV/AIDS, and, project support to HIV-related research, and knowledge management will be coordinated, within different line ministries, and other national government agencies, as well as with civil society organizations, and the private sector; 2) support district initiatives, carried out by district authorities, or the private sector, which include raising awareness on prevention, and mitigation of HIV/AIDS, training, and, provision of related diagnosis, treatment, and care services; and, 3) support community- and civil society-led HIV control initiatives, targeting support to orphans, and the most vulnerable, as well as promoting, and providing home-based care through community-based information, education, and communication on preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.
Nepal: A life-skills based education program for grades 1-10 is being developed as part the national five year education plan, and piloted in 10 districts. Three key preparatory activities have helped guide the development of the program: (i) a 2002 survey of teenagers in Nepal as a basis for life-skills development and HIV and AIDS prevention; (ii) in 2003, an assessment of the impact of HIV and AIDS on the education sector in Nepal; and (iii) also in 2003, a review of the grades 1-10 Health and Social Studies textbooks and teacher's training manuals for substance/drug abuse and HIV and AIDS prevention education.
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