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Final report of the UNESCO Asian Regional Planning Seminar on AIDS and Education within the School System, 10-14 January 1994, New Delhi. Convened by UNESCO's Programme of Education for the Prevention of AIDS and the Education Programme of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology for South and Central Asia, in collaboration with the Division of Health Promotion and Education, WHO, the Global Programme on AIDS, WHO, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, and the Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA).

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UNESCO. Section for Preventive Education
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[Paris, France], UNESCO, 1994. [3], 55 p. (ED.95/WS.4)
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The UNESCO Asian Regional Planning Seminar on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Education Within the School System, held in New Delhi, India, in 1994, was the first of a series of such seminars aimed at high-level representatives of Ministries of Health and Education as well as nongovernmental organizations. Although participating countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, and Nepal reported on plans to integrate AIDS prevention material into school curricula, the lack of a clear policy to guide such initiatives was noted and few countries have been able to involve teachers' associations in training activities. Obstacles identified included parental and cultural constraints, shortages of trained teachers and materials, and low school enrollment. Implementation of successful AIDS education programs has been easiest in countries with existing school-based sex education. Recommended was a curriculum that balances basic knowledge about AIDS, compassion and support for those infected with the virus, and the acquisition of risk-reduction skills and practices. A consensus statement adopted at the seminar urges every country in the region to develop a clear written policy on AIDS education by the end of 1994. Governments are urged to support this strategy through the allocation of adequate technical and financial resources.

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