HIV Prevention and Life Skills
In Barbados and in the Eastern Caribbean, UNICEF has been supporting activities both within and outside the school system aimed at empowering adolescents and youth with skills to better manage the multiplicity of social issues that impact their lives. Activities supported have included:
Strengthening the delivery of Health and Family Life Education (HFLE):
This included support to the revision of the HFLE curriculum as well as training for teachers in interactive teaching methodology to effectively deliver HFLE to adolescents. This has proven beneficial as interviews with children in select Eastern Caribbean countries have indicated that as a result of the teaching methodology, they have more opportunities to openly discuss the issues confronting them and develop the skills for dealing with these issues, if confronted with similar situations in real life.
Public education campaigns targeting youth with knowledge and skills to protect themselves from contracting HIV/AIDS:
One such major campaign was done during the recently-held cricket world cup matches which was hosted in the Caribbean in 2007.
Support to sports for development activities
UNICEF has also supported activities in countries where sporting activities are used as entry points to reach adolescent and out-of-school youth with information that would help them to make positive choices about social issues affecting them.
In the 2008-2011 Programme Cycle, UNICEF will continue to support activities in the above areas, as well as activities to encourage adolescent and youth participation in youth-led organization in and out-of- school.