Education and HIV/AIDS: A Window of Hope

Education and HIV/AIDS: A Window of Hope

Education and HIV/AIDS: A Window of Hope

Education and HIV/AIDS: A Window of Hope

Synopsis

The global HIV/AIDS epidemic has already killed 20 million people and another 40 million people are currently infected. The magnitude of this epidemic requires a response that confronts the disease from every sector, but education plays a particularly important role.'Education and HIV/AIDS' provides a strategic direction for the World Bank in responding to the impact of HIV/AIDS on education systems. The central message of this book is that the education of children and youth deserves the highest priority in a world afflicted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Education has proven to be one of the most effective means of HIV prevention. This book finds that countries need to immediately strengthen their education systems in order to offer hope for escaping from the grip of HIV/AIDS.

Excerpt

Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) continues its deadly course. the pandemic has already killed 25 million people, and 40 million more are currently infected. in the first year of the millennium, 5 million more people became infected. There is still no cure, and there is still no vaccine. Common thinking was that this disease was principally a public health challenge. That was wrong: HIV/AIDS is reversing decades of development gains, increasing poverty and undermining the very foundations of progress and security. the epidemic demands a response that confronts the disease in every sector, but education has a particularly important role to play.

The World Bank is a committed partner in the global effort to provide every child with access to a basic education. With more than 113 million children not in school in the poorest countries, this already presents a major challenge. However, HIV/AIDS makes this much greater in those countries where the education system was already struggling to grow, teachers are dying, or are too sick to teach. and every year more children are losing their parents and the support that allows them to go to school. Achieving Education for All in a world of aids presents an unprecedented challenge to the world’s education community.

Responding to this challenge is essential for global development and for our collective mission to reduce poverty. However, it also offers a unique opportunity to help the next generation to weaken the deadly grip of HIV/AIDS. Even in the worst-affected countries most schoolchildren are not infected, and given the right opportunities and choices, they need not ever become infected with hiv the schoolchildren of the world offer “a . . .

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