Adolescence Education Programme: teachers to be awarded for imparting quality HIV/AIDS awareness
The Adolescence Education programme (AEP) is positioned by the Department of Education and the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) as a key intervention in preventing new HIV infections and reducing social vulnerability to the infection. The programme is implemented in all states across the country through the Department of Education (DoE) in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Societies (SACS).
The objective of the AEP is to provide 100 per cent quality coverage for all senior schools in the country so that students in Grades IX–XI have adequate and accurate knowledge about HIV in the context of life-skills.
The AEP aims to support Young People’s Right to:
The AEP is conducted by the nodal teacher using a minimum of 16 hours /academic year. The 16 hours include four sessions on:
Evaluation and preliminary analysis of 2005 coverage has indicated that although planned nationwide coverage for 2005-2006 is 86%:
A Teachers Awards/Recognition has been mooted to strengthen the quality of implementation of the programme. The objective is to give recognition/appreciation to teachers implementing the Adolescence Education Programme effectively. Teachers will be selected in four categories:
Three teachers will be identified in each of these categories at the District, State and National level. For the first year the recognition will be given to teachers in approximately 200 districts across ten states. It is expected that 12 teachers will be recognized at each of the district, state and the national level.