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Education sector global HIV AIDS readiness survey 2004

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Action Aid , Canadian International Development Agency.
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Paris, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation, 2006

This report documents the outcomes of the first international survey of education sector readiness to manage and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS. Ministries of education (MoEs) in 71 countries and civil society organizations in 18 countries were interviewed, in person and electronically, in separate research processes. Both surveys were conducted in 2004 on behalf of the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education. The Global Readiness Survey (GRS) of 71 MoEs was conducted by the Mobile Task Team (MTT) on the Impact of HIV and AIDS on Education, and the Civil Society Survey (CSS) of 18 civil society country interactions was conducted by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE). It should be noted that the GRS research process involved the completion of the questionnaire by an internal committee of senior MoE officials convened for this purpose, independent of an external researcher. Thus the process generated what might be described as ‘self-reported information’ rather than data in a conventional sense; while this may have its limitations, it nevertheless provides an important insight into the internal perceptions and assumptions of the MoEs involved. The surveys were designed to help participating countries better understand the impact of HIV and AIDS on education, identify key problems and omissions in their response to date, and guide future planning and programming. They also provide a benchmark from which to measure future responses, and an unprecedented learning and advocacy process for the education sectors involved. It synthesises MoE and civil society responses, interprets disagreements, and develops policy implications to inform the future responses of education sectors and their development partners. Specifically, the report identifies both the challenges and opportunities that present themselves and issues of operational importance. Finally, the report concludes by providing a number of recommendations designed to influence future responses in the education sector. To avoid duplication and in the interests of brevity, no attempt has been made in this synthesis report to repeat the considerable volume of data and information contained in the two source documents, the Global Readiness Survey (GRS) and the Civil Society Survey (CSS). However, both documents and the data contained in these can be accessed in full from