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Educational Responses to HIV and AIDS for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Discussion Papers for Decision Makers

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Paris, UNESCO, 2007

The paper examines the current situation with regard to conflict, displacement and HIV, and notes the protection risks faced by refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). It recognises the importance of education for affected populations, and refers to the existing and significant work undertaken to develop minimum standards for education in emergency situations. The paper then focuses on the key components of education sector responses to HIV and AIDS, and addresses the policy and programmatic measures required to address the prevention, treatment, care and support needs of refugees and IDPs as well as the HIV-related stigma and discrimination that they often face.

The paper concludes with a number of recommendations, including a call to ministries of education, civil society organizations, and their development partners to: • Coordinate HIV and AIDS education for refugees and IDPs with other educational initiatives at the country, sub-national and organizational levels in order to avoid duplication of efforts and to maximise the effective use of human, financial and material resources. • Promote the principles put forward in the Dakar Framework for Action, including the achievement of the six Education for All (EFA) goals by 2015. • Meaningfully involve communities in programme development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. • Scale up and make programmes more comprehensive over time and across displacement phases. • Customise the message in consultation with the community. • Monitor and evaluate programmes to guide future actions and take corrective measures when needed.