EI Newsletter on EFA and HIV/AIDS Prevention in Schools

World Teachers Day: Quality Teachers for Quality Education

World Teachers' Day (WTD) on October 5 provides the ideal opportunity to draw public attention to important role of teachers within society. In 2006 “Quality Teachers for Quality Education" will once again be the theme for WTD. This year’s celebration is particularly significant as it marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation on the Status of Teachers.

In support of the theme and the implementation of the above Recommendation, EI has drawn up a Statement on World Teachers’ Day featuring nine solid demands, which must be taken seriously by world leaders in order for the goals on education to be achieved. EI encourages its affiliates to adapt and use this Statement to remind their national education authorities of their commitment to the 1966 Recommendation, plus the 1997 Recommendation on the Status of Higher Education Personnel.

July 2006:
In this issue:
World Teachers Day 2006
News from Affiliates
General News
Three Questions to...Mamta Chaudary (AISTF)

To help you organise your activities, EI is also producing promotional material, available from early August 2006. We would ask you to kindly submit the WTD Participation Form, posted to all affiliates in late June, as soon as possible or by 21 July 2006 to the EI Secretariat, so that we can plan this campaign effectively and supply you with adequate materials in good time. You can also fill out the online Participation Form.

Feel free to use the WTD email address - 5oct@ei-ie.org - to contact us with regard to any queries, requests or feedback concerning your activities. Don’t forget: the voices of teachers striving for quality education need to be heard throughout the world on World Teachers’ Day, 5 October. We look forward to working with you to achieve this goal!

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News from Affiliates
HIV/AIDS Programme: Over 150,000 teachers trained!

WHO information series on school healthThe EI/WHO/EDC Programme on HIV Prevention in Schools, from which the EFAIDS Programme emerged, was implemented in 17 countries between 2001 and 2005.

Some months ago, EI requested all affiliates involved in the Programme to provide data on the number of teachers trained on HIV/AIDS education and the number of schools reached. It took some time to collect all of the data but we now have concrete numbers. In total 159,271 teachers were trained in 37,435 schools in 17 countries. Congratulations to all those individuals who put time, hard work and imagination into this initiative to make it work and to keep it moving. May your efforts know no boundaries!

Benin, Ghana & Burundi: New EI/WHO Programme

An agreement has been signed between EI and the WHO-African Regional Office on supporting three HIV/AIDS Prevention Projects in Benin, Ghana and Burundi.

The main goal of this cooperation is to strengthen teachers’ unions’ capacities to implement effective programmes for the prevention of HIV/AIDS. This will be achieved by fostering collaboration and concerted action between teachers’ unions and their respective Ministries of Education and Health. For more information, please contact us.

  Senegal: EFAIDS activities 2006

In Senegal efforts to scale up training on HIV/AIDS Prevention within the framework of the EFAIDS Programme have been rapidly progressing over the last six months. First COSSEL (Committee of Senegal Teachers Unions against HIV/AIDS) held a workshop to strengthen the capacity of unionists to carry out advocacy work on Education for All and to further contribute towards the fight against AIDS in schools.

At the event six working groups were established with a view to carrying out interventions aimed in particular at encouraging teachers and students to get tested for HIV. A second workshop took place with teacher trainers and with teacher students at training colleges. There participants worked on the basis of the EI/WHO/EDC Teachers’ Exercise Book for HIV Prevention.

The trainers have been contracted to pass on their learning experience to the next batch of their colleagues. At the same time a total of 2,733 teacher students received their first training session on HIV Prevention in June. For more information please contact us.

Kenya: KNUT opposes ‘export’ of teachers

Since the inception of Free Primary Education in 2003 in Kenya, the country has experienced an influx of about 1.7 million students into schools. Simultaneously and since 1998, the Kenyan Government has not been employing extra teachers, only replacing those who leave the service due to natural attrition. Teacher Training Colleges and universities continue to release into the market quality teachers who are desperately waiting for employment. As a result, Kenyan schools have a teacher shortage of about 60,000 teachers. This means that the teacher pupil ratio stands at about 1:60 or even at 1:100 (in some rural schools).

A recent article in the Nation cited school principals from the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association calling upon their Government to further ‘export’ unemployed Kenyan teachers. According to the resolutions set at the Association’s Annual Conference, “the export of teachers to other countries should be encouraged to provide new jobs". This is a position which is very much opposed by EI affiliate, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).

KNUT demands that the Government strive to employ teachers first and foremost to satisfy local needs, before considering any such policy. It is only after this condition is met that excess teachers can be exported to other countries where their services are needed. One further point is that KNUT is asking the Government to ensure that teachers are exported only to those countries where they will be paid as expatriates; be well treated without being subjected to any form of humiliation or be denied an opportunity to spend their earnings as they wish including having mechanisms to be able to send money back at home to their siblings. For more information, please contact us.

India: EFAIDS Workshop

India: EFAIDS WorkshopIn New Delhi earlier this month, EI staff met with affiliates participating in the EFAIDS Programme for a workshop to plan the next important steps to be taken by the unions on EFA and HIV/AIDS Prevention.

From July 2-5, the All India Primary Teachers Federation (AIPTF), All India Secondary Teachers Federation (AISTF) and All India Federation of Teachers Organisations (AIFTO) came together to identify a common union agenda in the fields of EFA and HIV/AIDS and to develop a plan of action for the teaching community to respond to these challenges. Specific topics discussed included the supply and demand of teachers in India, the education legislation process, EFA and child labour and the current situation regarding HIV and AIDS. For more information, please contact us.


General News
Caribbean: HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy for the Education Sector

The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework for addressing HIV and AIDS as a workplace issue in education sector institutions and services through social dialogue processes. The policy is based on the ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the world of work.

It covers the following key areas of action: prevention of HIV; elimination of stigma and discrimination on the basis of real or perceived HIV status; care, treatment and support of staff and students who are infected and/or affected by HIV and AIDS; management and mitigation of the impact of HIV/AIDS in education institutions; safe, healthy and non-violent work and study environments. To download a copy of the policy, please click here.

  St. Petersburg: TUAC Action on the Eve of G8 Summit

As last minute preparations for the G8 summit in St Petersburg got underway, President Putin received a Global Union delegation in Moscow on July 6. The delegation of G8 and international trade union leaders was led by John Sweeney in his capacity as President of the Paris-based Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) which represents 65 million trade union members.

Amongst other issues, the unions urged the Russian head of State to create a permanent G8 working group to track progress on tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Trade unions also called for more intensive follow-up to past summit commitments on aid and development. The trade union statement presented to President Putin is available on the TUAC website. To download the GU Press Release on the eve of the G8 summit, please click here.

Study on Quality Education and HIV/AIDS

The UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education (IATT) recently commissioned a study to show how education systems can and must change in their analysis and conduct in relation to HIV and AIDS. The resulting paper summarises the 10 dimensions of a framework for quality education, considers how HIV and AIDS impact each of these dimensions and summarises some practical applications of how education can and should respond to the pandemic from a quality perspective.

The IATT on Education is convened by UNESCO and includes as members the UNAIDS Co-sponsoring agencies, bi-lateral agencies and private donors, and civil society. It aims to accelerate and improve the education sector response to HIV and AIDS. To download the paper, please click here

Three Questions to...
Mamta Chaudary, Member of the National Executive Committee - All India Secondary Teachers Federation (AISTF); Member of the SAARC Women Network Editorial Committee
Q1. Is it possible to combine union work, school work and private life?

Firstly self motivation and then family motivation provoked me to spread my wings and come out of the shell of social barriers to serve society through the union. It is very difficult to coordinate between union work, school work and private life but by creating mutual understanding between family, myself and the school authorities, it is possible for me to make time for the union. Whenever difficulties arise my beloved husband supports me in each sphere. I can say that he sacrifices more than me to work for the union.

Q2. What is your view on girls’ education? Does the union address this issue?

A single candle can light up thousands of candles if it keeps itself lit up. In my view, a girl is like that candle which can bring changes to society if she is educated. Women make up 50% of the world population but earn 1/3 of the GDP. The reason behind this is the illiteracy or poor level of education among girls. To achieve the Millennium Development Goals and Education For All, girls’ enrolment in education should be 100% and that enrolment must be retained up to College or university level. The union can work towards this purpose by bringing the girl-child into schools, by checking the drop out level of the girl child, by providing more facilities to girls and by removing gender disparities in their families as well as in schools.

Q3. What is your view on HIV and AIDS in the education system in India?

HIV is the silent ghost which can come into anyone’s life. The most dangerous aspect of this epidemic is that people are not ready to share or even talk about HIV and AIDS. They think that if they are HIV positive, society will reject them. So it is necessary to educate young people at the lowest possible level of schooling. That is why the Government of India has started HIV and AIDS studies in their curriculum as a topic of health sciences. But I do not think that this is enough. This is all theory rather than practice. We need meaningful and basic devices and techniques for modern education.

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