Dominica makes steps towards HIV/AIDS pandemic within the education sector

first_img 16 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Caricom Education Development Consultant Sandra BerryDominica is moving a step forward in demonstrating its active involvement in dealing with HIV and Aids pandemic within the education sector. Education Minister Peter St Jean told the start of a four day HIV policy development workshop this morning that his ministry continues to address the influence and impact of HIV Aids in the education system. “The conclusion of this workshop will confirm another step forward to demonstrate the active involvement of the ministry of education in dealing with the HIV pandemic within the education sector. Information reveals that this is only the beginning of the process since on completion of the final draft and implementation, education officials and school personnel will be engaged in a monitoring and evaluation process. This will be incorporated within the HFLE program and should encourage the ministry to identify suitable and committed individuals who are willing to teach health and family life education. This HIV/AIDS document is one that will show Dominica’s response to HIV/AIDS in the workplace and in the education system,” he added.Meantime Caricom Education Development Consultant and Facilitator of the HIV policy development workshop Sandra Berry says education is key to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS. “If we are educated and we know what is expected, then we are in a better place. The workplace is a good entry point to address this issue because we have many of the people there and it is somewhere you can get the information out. This is why we are going to develop this approach to fighting this disease. It is critical that any policy developed pays attention to that fact and hence be considered for development,” she said.Statistics show that Caricom has the highest reported cases of HIV next to sub Saharan and Africa, Meantime Dominica remains one of the countries in the Caribbean with the lowest rate of HIV reported cases. Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica makes steps towards HIV/AIDS pandemic within the education sector by: – November 8, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

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